D-Day Bagpiper 'Piper Bill' Millin dies aged 88

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Written by Charlotte Pinnock on 3rd September 2010 at 14:43pm
D-Day Bagpiper 'Piper Bill' Millin dies aged 88

Legendary D-Day landings bagpiper 'Piper Bill' Millin has died at the age of 88, spending the remaining moments of his life in a retirement home in Dawlish, Devon.


Legendary D-Day landings bagpiper 'Piper Bill' Millin has died at the age of 88, spending the remaining moments of his life in a retirement home in Dawlish, Devon. Bill Millin was also present at this year's 66th anniversary memorial, which you can read about by clicking here.

 

 

He played his bagpipes on the beach of Sword surrounded by intense gunfire, completely unarmed. As his comrades fell beside him, he kept up the courage of the rest, by blasting out a tune in hope of boosting morale.

 

He was immortalised in a 1962 Academy Award-winning film 'The Longest Day', recalling the story of the liberation of Pegasus Bridge.

 

He was just a young 22 year old at the time, and often recalls he was probably not shot as the Germans may of thought he was mad. Under the orders of his commanding officer Lord Lovat of the 1st Commando Brigade he played on and on to keep up the hopes of the allies.

 

He was laid rest in the presence of close family and friends. Serge Athenour, President of the D-Day Piper Association, even traveled from France to be there.  

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