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Bill Millin

Bill Millin

(1922 – 2010)

  • A true hero. Never forgotten. RIP Bill you were one of a kind.
    Lit by Shaun Roberts
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Bill Millin

Bill Millin
(1922 – 2010)

In memory of

Bill Millin

(1922 – 2010)
About Bill
This is a tribute dedicated to the memory of Bill Millin. William 'Bill' Millin, commonly known as Piper Bill (or the Mad Piper), was personal piper to Simon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat, commander of 1 Special Service Brigade at D-Day.
Bill Millin is best remembered for being one of the few pipers to play during a World War II battle. Pipers had traditionally been used in battle by Scottish and Irish soldiers however the use of bagpipes was restricted to rear areas by the time of the Second World War by the British Army. Lovat, however, ignored these orders and Bill Millin, aged 21, played "Hielan' Laddie" and "The Road to the Isles" as his comrades fell around him on Sword Beach.
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About Bill
in the 1962 film The Longest Day, where Bill Millin was portrayed by Pipe Major Leslie de Laspee, the official piper to the Queen Mother in 1961.
Bill Millin passed away on 17 August 2010, aged 88 in Devon, England.
This is an online memorial created to honour his amazing bravery and courage in the face of extreme danger. A truly remarkable individual, may he rest in peace.
Remembrance Messages
On 29th Oct 2011
Jos Roemen
wrote:
I live in Maasbracht(the Dutch provence Limburg).I saw mr.Millin in 1996.That he may rest in peace.God Bless you,sire.
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Kindly lit by
Shaun Roberts
on 4th Jul 2015
They wrote:
A true hero. Never forgotten. RIP Bill you were one of a kind.
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Bill Millin

This is a tribute dedicated to the memory of Bill Millin. William 'Bill' Millin, commonly known as Piper Bill (or the Mad Piper), was personal piper to Simon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat, commander of 1 Special Service Brigade at D-Day.
Bill Millin is best remembered for being one of the few pipers to play during a World War II battle. Pipers had traditionally been used in battle by Scottish and Irish soldiers however the use of bagpipes was restricted to rear areas by the time of the Second World War by the British Army. Lovat, however, ignored these orders and Bill Millin, aged 21, played "Hielan' Laddie" and "The Road to the Isles" as his comrades fell around him on Sword Beach.
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Rest in peace Bill
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