TRADITIONAL NOTE: The Warwick Thistle Pipe Band formed in 1923 and is one of the oldest in the country. The pipers still wear the Gordon tartan to honour early members who fought in the Gordon Highlanders during World War I.
TRADITIONAL NOTE: The Warwick Thistle Pipe Band formed in 1923 and is one of the oldest in the country. The pipers still wear the Gordon tartan to honour early members who fought in the Gordon Highlanders during World War I. Casandra Garvey / Warwick Daily

Warwick band to join international performance

AT ABOUT 4pm on November 11, the Warwick Thistle Pipe Band will join with more than 110 pipe bands from around the world in playing the Battler O'er in salute to the thousands of military musicians who died in wars gone by.

The global effort will include bands performing in unison at key battlefields of the World War I western front, as well as in Great Britain, across Australia and New Zealand.

Dugald Macfarlane is the band's treasurer and said musicians played an important role in history, organising troop movements in wars stretching back to the 14th century.

"The song Battle O'er was written after World War I to commemorate the 200 or so pipes members that were killed in the war,” he said.

"Pipe bands were used in most traditional warfare for full-frontal assaults and to enthuse people and they were still trying to do that in World War I, but drums and bagpipes didn't do too well in the trench warfare.”

The Warwick band was formed in 1923 and included five Scottish men who served in the Gordon Highlanders, an early British regiment.

To this day, the band sports the Gordon tartan as a mark of respect to those early founders.

The Warwick Thistle Pipe Band will perform Battle O'er at about 4pm at the Warwick Cenotaph.

The band will also perform at the Killarney Cenotaph at about 10.30am for the main Remembrance Day service.



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