St George Sutherland Pipe Band joins international chorus to mark centenary of WWI Armistice

Sacrifice remembered: More than 2000 Allied pipers were killed in the war and many more were wounded and served in four years of conflict at Gallipoli and on the Western Front.
Sacrifice remembered: More than 2000 Allied pipers were killed in the war and many more were wounded and served in four years of conflict at Gallipoli and on the Western Front.

The St George Sutherland Pipe Band will join bagpipers across Australia as part of an international commemoration on Sunday, November 11 to mark the Centenary of the signing of the Armistice in World War One.

They will honour the service and memory more than 2000 Allied pipers who were killed in the war and many more who were wounded and served in four years of conflict at Gallipoli and on the Western Front.

At 5pm, as Centenary of ANZAC commemorations remember the final day of the war, at memorials across Australia, pipers and bands will play The Battle’s O’er, a tune composed century ago to honour those who served and to this day regularly played by bands the world over.

Australia’s participation in the international commemoration is being co-ordinated by Pipe Bands

The St George Sutherland Pipe Band.

The St George Sutherland Pipe Band.

Australia and is timed to coincide with pipers in Britain and across Europe playing The Battle’s O’er at the time the Armistice was signed at 6am in France.

St George Sutherland Pipe Band will be playing The Battle’s O’er at Ramsgate RSL Memorial Club at 5pm, in coordination with pipe bands and individual pipers around the world.

“ANZAC Day and other commemorative events in our community each year are important times to reflect on the service of earlier generations and each year, as a band we are honoured to be part of local services and marches,” said Pipe Major David J Humphreys.

“The Battle’s Over commemoration will involve hundreds of pipers across Australia in a final act of remembrance for the Centenary of ANZAC.

“The bagpipe tune Battle’s O’er is part of the ANZAC story - a tune always in the piper’s repertoire that allows us as musicians to continue sharing the stories of ANZAC, honour and gratitude to those who have served over the last century.”

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