lessons aged 10 with Donald John MacKinnon a native of South Uist who lived in Cardonald, Glasgow, and was the composer of the air Leaving Eriskay (pub. Donald Macleod collection). He later joined the Rutherglen Pipe Band where he had instruction from P/M Jimmy Baxter. Peter won the Under 18 MSR at Cowal and in 1978 was recruited into the Scots Guards by P/M Angus MacDonald.He was at the Guards Depot Piping School under P/M Dixie Ingram and posted to the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards in 1979 under P/M Sandy Davidson.Peter also served under P/M James Riddell,composer of the tune The Crags ofTumbledown Mountain. Peter saw active service in Northern Ireland and then the Falklands where he was Mentioned in Dispatches. In 1983 he attended the Pipe Majors course at Edinburgh Castle under the instruction of Major Jock Allan QOH and P/M Angus. He passed with double As for practical and theory before a distinguished panel: Col. David Murray, P/M John D Burgess and P/M Evan MacRae. Between 1986-89 he was posted to the Regimental Information Team and achieved notable success in the solo world gaining prizes at Oban and Inverness as well as many others round the games. In 1989 he was appointed Pipe Major of the 1st Batt. Scots Guards. After leaving the army he played with the Scottish Power and Black Bottle bands. Since 1993 he has been the instructor in Glasgow Schools and has successfully re-established the schools’ band teaching hundreds of children over the years. He is married to Lynne and they live in Glasgow with their three children Kirsty, Calum and Jamie.
P PM Peter MacInnes
epitaph to the fallen soldiers of Kohima reads: ‘When you go home, tell them of us and say, for their tomorrow,we gave our today’. If ever a person epitomised this sacrifice it would be JohnYoung. I am humble in the face of such bravery.’ Kohima is today considered to
have been one of the key battles which helped turn the course of war in the Far East. It is also the only battle in the history of the British Army in which a garrison of around 1,200 British and Indian soldiers beat off an entire enemy division of around 12,000. Lt Young was a
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ETER MacInnes was born in Paisley and brought up in King’s Park, Glasgow. He started chanter