D-DAY

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BILL Millin played on D-Day as he and his fel­low Al­lied sol­diers stormed the beaches at Nor­mandy in France.

He was a pri­vate in the Army’s 1st Spe­cial Ser­vice Bri­gade and per­sonal piper to Lord Lo­vat, the bri­gade’s com­man­der.

When D-Day dawned, Bill was told to defy or­ders that for­bade the play­ing of bag­pipes on the bat­tle­field.

The 21-year-old, who was un­armed and wear­ing a kilt, played his bag­pipes as he and his bri­gade mates rushed onto Sword Beach un­der Ger­man fire.

Even as friends fell to the ground around him, he kept pip­ing to keep his fel­low sol­diers’ spir­its up.

Bill walked up and down the beach play­ing his pipes and his ac­tions baf­fled the Ger­mans so much they didn’t shoot.

One of the com­man­dos, Tom Dun­can, said: “It re­minded us of home and why we were fight­ing there – for our lives and those of our loved ones.”

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