Pipe Major Andy Anderson, BEM meets HM Queen Elizabeth

B72638 Pipe Major A (Andy) Anderson BEM

Pipe Major

1st Battalion 48th Highlanders of Canada (CASF) 1939-45

Sergeant Andrew “Andy” Anderson was serving with the 48th Highlanders Pipes and Drums when the 1st Battalion, 48th Highlanders mobilized in September 1943 and was appointed Pipe Major of the band selected to go overseas.  While the unit was stationed at Aldershot he completed the British Army Pipe Majors Course at Edinburgh Castle.  He played the lament at virtually every burial of a Highlander killed in action from the landing at Pachino in 1943 until the VE Day, including the burial of his Commanding Officer, LCol Don MacKenzie.

Awarded - 28 Apr 1945
British Empire Medal (BEM)

Pipe Major Anderson enlisted in the 48th Highlanders of Canada in 1922 as a Piper, having being receiving instruction for the previous year from the then Pipe Major. His service from the outset was such as to draw the admiration of his superior officers and by dint of much arduous and painstaking work, continuously from 1922 to the outbreak of war, earned for himself the appointment of Pipe Major. In this capacity his service has been unexcelled during the nearly five years with the battalion overseas. Through all the difficulties and trials of the war he has consistently maintained within the band a very high standard of soldiering, with the result that the esprit de corps of the battalion is in no small measure due to the pipe major himself

48th First Bn (WW 2)
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