Bugle played by Bugle Major Warrie Tooze.

Bugle of Pte Warring Tooze – 15th Bn (48th Highlanders)

Bugle with green cording and tassels issued to Warring Tooze in 1916. Maker’s mark on horn: “Trademark Boosey – Akers London – 100322 – Guaranteed British Made Throughout” and on mouthpiece: “EV Boyes Toronto”. Tooze has scratched locations on the surface of the horn, some of the most clearly visible include: 15th Battalion; Lens; 19 Huy; Ville du Bois; Cortal Noirmont; Franc-Woret; Landenne; Ardenne; Domenceau; German Front Tier 7/12/18; Westminster Abbey.

Warring C. Tooze (1895-1986) joined the 48th Highlanders reserve battalion in 1914 as a bugler while also Bugle Major in the T. Eaton Company Cadet Corps. Proceeding overseas in 1916 as a bugler in the 134th Battalion, he was soon in the front lines with the 15th Battalion as drummer/bugler in the pipe band. He was wounded once on active service.

Warrie was assigned the privilege of sounding “Cease Fire” at 11:00 on the morning of 11 November 1918. Warrie recalled that the battalion was in a rest area and  many of the soldiers did not know what the call meant. He was dismayed when they lined up at the cookhouse with mess tins expecting an early meal. After the war, he remained with the 48th as corporal drummer in the pipe band. Following a few years in the early 1930s as Trumpet Major for the RCASC, he returned as Bugle Major in 1936 to reenergize his Regiment’s Bugle Band. During the Second World War, he established the 48th Cadet Bugle Band and an RCAF Reserve Cadet Trumpet Band.

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1914 – 1919 (WW 1), 1920 – 1938 Interwar period, 1939 – 1945 (WW 2)
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Case 13/14 WWI
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