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Old 01-19-2020, 06:45 PM   #1
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Default Pipers in The Royal Tank Corps





Greetings to All,


I recently saw some historical footage of The
Royal Tank Corps... and in which pipers were
playing for some of their regimental festivities.

One of the tunes was "The Green Hills"... and
of course (I would suppose)... this would bear
on their shoulder patch... being brown, red, and
green... for the mud... and the blood... and those
green hills beyond... for which they were aiming.

The... my... question is... are there regular pipers
and a regular piping section... in The Royal Tank
Corps? **

While this may be well known to many... alas... it
is not to me.

Many thanks!

Regards to All,

Pip01


** And if so, for how long has this piping section
been there... and under what circumstances was
it formed?





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Old 01-20-2020, 08:12 AM   #2
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They're actually known as the The Royal Tank Regiment, and the band are known as the Pipes and Drums of The Royal Tank Regiment.

They've made recordings, I've certainly seen them on a couple of compilation albums.

Band history here. http://www.4and7royaltankregiment.com/pipesdrums/
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Old 01-20-2020, 08:16 AM   #3
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It's Royal Tank Regiment, not Corps, which may aid googling.


Yes, they have a band, and have done for a long time. I am not sure how large it is or on what basis it operates these days but it is certainly still around and has an active Facebook page.
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Old 01-20-2020, 03:01 PM   #4
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Below are the Pipe Majors of the Royal Tank Regiment:

Willoughby, Jonathan 2014 – present, see 1 RTR

1st Royal Tank Regiment (1993-2014):
Hunter, R.E. 1993 – 1999
Walker, Darren J. 1999 – 2001
McFarlane, Peter 2001 – 2006
Sumner, Jason Paul 2006 – 2010
Willoughby, Jonathan 2010 – 2014
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4th Royal Tank Regiment (1973-1993):
Elder, Peter Wood 1973 – 1981, Born 1934 Dundee, Died 2017
Harden, Michael John 1981 – 1988, Born 1947 Epsom
Nicholson, Gary 1988 – 1993. Born 1960 Bolton, Died 2018 Mayfield, Midlothian
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Old 01-21-2020, 10:15 AM   #5
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They have a great facebook page with updates, pictures, and videos. I enjoyed the Cambrai parade back in Nov. to see how another armoured unit does their parades. I've been back and forth with their PM on ways to incorporate My Boy Willie into parades or functions, so far I only play it for a dinner call.
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Old 01-21-2020, 02:24 PM   #6
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Greetings, Adam, CallumII, aboode & Dave,

Many!!... many thanks!!

Always a good thing... to get th' bleedin name right!! :)

And it shall now be much the easier... to run the correct
information... to ground!! :)

Again... many thanks!!

And... Regards to All,

Pip01


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Old 01-30-2020, 12:49 PM   #7
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Not exactly on point, but I was traveling over Christmas and stopped in for a snack at McDonald's. Man, mid-90s, sitting there having lunch, with a WWII Veteran hat on. As I always do these days, I approached him and asked about his service. Tank commander during the Battle of the Bulge. Saw serious action. Gave me chills. His unit assisted in liberating one of the concentration camps. He was headed to the Pacific when he heard Truman dropped the bomb and Japan surrendered.

These guys are fast leaving us. Best to hear their stories live while we still can.
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