Pipe Major Ian MacLeod, Glasgow Highlanders

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  1. aboode

    aboode Member

    I am looking for information about Ian MacDonald MacLeod (1918-1974), who was Pipe Major of one of the two Glasgow Highlanders battalions in the HLI during WW2.
    The 1st Bn existed from 1920 to 1959 and the 2nd Bn was formed in 1939 - when was this disbanded or amalgamated into the 1st Bn?
    Thank you for your help.
  2. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Whilst not answering your specific enquiry, Wiki has details of the Glasgow Highlanders for WW2
    Glasgow Highlanders - Wikipedia

    and for WW2 says
    " In 1920, the Territorial Force was re-established as the Territorial Army, and the Glasgow Highlanders re-raised a single battalion. It later moved to a new Headquarters, (in what became known as Walcheren Barracks) in Maryhill in 1935. Still part of the 157th Infantry Brigade of 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division, the 1st Battalion was sent overseas to France in 1940 as part of the Second British Expeditionary Force (see Operation Ariel) to cover the withdrawal of the BEF being evacuated from Dunkirk. With the rest of the division, the 1st Battalion spent the next four years training in the United Kingdom and, from May 1942 until June 1944, was trained in mountain warfare and later in airlanding operations. In early October 1944 the 52nd Division was sent to Belgium, coming under command of the First Canadian Army, and saw service most notably during the capture of Walcheren Island during the Battle of the Scheldt.

    In the spring and summer of 1939, the Territorial Army was ordered to be doubled in size, in order to meet the threat of Nazi Germany. As a result, the 1st Battalion raised a duplicate unit, the 2nd Battalion which was assigned to the 46th (Highland) Infantry Brigade, 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division. With the division, the 2nd Battalion remained in the United Kingdom until it was sent overseas, to France, in June 1944. The battalion fought in the Battle of Normandy in Operation Epsom and the Second Battle of the Odon, followed by Operation Bluecoat and the subsequent Allied advance from Paris to the Rhine. The battalion later played a small part in Operation Market Garden, later taking part in Operation Veritable and crossing the Rhine in Operation Plunder, finally advancing into Germany in the Western Allied invasion of Germany. During Operation Epsom "the 2nd Battalion, The Glasgow Highlanders lost 12 officers and sustained nearly 200 casualties, mainly around the hotly contested village of Cheux. Total strength of this battalion was approximately 35 officers and 786 other ranks; thus one day's losses amounted to 34% of their officers and nearly 25% of the entire rifle battalion."

    There are several Iain McLeods well known in piping circles, so perhaps drop an email to the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, even though he died in 1974 they may have better information for you.
    Last edited: May 18, 2019

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