16 sets of Hendersons
A story is emerging to us about 16 sets of Silver and Ivory Henderson bagpipes that were bought for the 43rd Batallion CEF Cameron Highlanders of Canada (to later become the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders) by Mr. Alexander MacDonald of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada during the First World War.
As of right now we have located 3 sets, and have a good line on 2 others. Thanks to C.J for a majority of the following pictures and information. !!
Pictured below is the band in 1914.
Below is a copy of the original order placed to Peter Henderson Ltd. for the pipes and drums
A close-up of the inscription on the extra long bass ferrules -
The inscription reads as follows -
the 43rd Batallion, C.E.F., Cameron Highlanders of Canada
Alexander MacDonald Esq., Winnipeg, Canada
March 31st, 1915
Below is a photo of set #13 -
Bass ringcap of Set # 7 shows 1914 Glasgow hallmark and the number "7" stamped on the side. Each set had their number stamped on each silver piece.
As the current Pipe Major of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, I would like to thank you for taking the time to post these photos and to share some information about our regimental pipes. We would be very interested in re-acquiring any sets from this order and would encourage anyone looking interested in selling to please reach out to us. Thanks,
WO Dan Locke, CD
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada
My grandfather ( ser. No. 3430948)was in the 43rd bat. Cameron Highlanders of Canada during the last hundred days of WW1 in the push from Amiens to Mons. He most likely marched with these pipes leading the way on different occasions. Thoroughly enjoyed the pictures and your right up as I have spent much time researching the history of the regiment but never came across any of the info you present here. It makes it even more interesting if you are a piper which I am. Thank you and continued good luck in finding the rest of the pipes. I look forward to reading more about your exploits as time progresses.
Sincerely, John Clark
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