Bill Jenkins the Lone Piper visit to Bangalore
The Lone Piper
Visit to War Memorial Protestant Cemetery No.2, Hosur Road,
Friday, 10th March, 2006
The first day’s program was scheduled
that Bill Jenkins the Lone Piper, play a lament at the War Memorial
in the Protestant Cemetery No.2 on Hosur Road. He was to be accompanied
by the CMP (Military Police) Buglers and a few Officers and Jawans in attendance.
Bill was very impressive, striding
from the entrance to the Monument blowing his bagpipes.
He even had
an audience, literally stopping traffic, when he was tuning his bagpipes
on the road in front of the Cemetery. Also present at the Ceremony
were some Officers of the CMP (Military Police), Rev. Vincent
Raj Kumar who is the Presbyter-in-charge of St. Mark’s Cathedral (under
which this Cemetery is governed), some retired Officers of the Indian
Navy besides Admiral OS Dawson, Jean (the wife of Bill Jenkins looked captivating
dressed in blue), Robin & Mara Bernard, Ronnie Johnson and David
Barnabas, and many of those who came for a burial at the Cemetery.
Bill blowing a Lament on his bagpipes
before the War Memorial.
After the lament, Bill
laid a wreath (Bill makes his own wreaths) at the base of the Monument.
He then salutes the Memorial while
the CMP Buglers played the last post. Rev. Vincent Raj Kumar and Admiral
O.S. Dawson join Bill Jenkins at the Memorial.
Bill then salutes the Jawans in
attendance and is introduced to them. The buglers try to do a piece with
Bill, but for the lack of percussion and supporting instruments this was
At the conclusion of the Ceremony,
tea was served by the CMP at the Cemetery.
Bill Jenkins attire was very flashy,
the dagger (kukuri) was made by him, the badges, the kilt, strap with the
gurkha daggers, beret, bagpipes were all custom built for him.
The special white boot toppers are designed to allow a walk through brambles
without the ankles getting hurt.
This Program was covered by CNN-IBN
TV and later aired on their Indian National network during the night
and next morning.
Bill was also shown around one
of the plots of Protestant Cemetery No.1, (above photo) by
Rev. Vincent Raj Kumar
and Admiral OS Dawson. Because if time constraints, Bill was not
able to visit the graves of Harold Arthur
who died 22 Jan 1945, and Colonel
, RE who died 5 Dec 1919 at the age of 81! Col. Ross was supposed
to have been the oldest serving officer in the army when he died. It is
also believed that he was the one who introduced Golf to Ootacamund (Ooty),
but it is still being researched and yet to be confirmed.