UTAH

Utah pipers to honor World War I heroes

Nov 9, 2018, 10:43 AM | Updated: 10:45 am

world war 1 pipers...

In this photo from Wikipedia, an unnamed piper faces the battle in 1916.

SALT LAKE CITY — On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, we mark 100 years since the end of World War One, the war to end all wars. And during all the memorials and the gatherings, you’ll hear the haunting and iconic sound of pipers playing bagpipes.

Pipers were a huge part of the battles of that first world war and Utah pipers are carrying on the tradition.

“My grandfather fought in World War One, in the Royal Scots Highlanders,” explains John Barclay. “His younger brother, same battalion, was killed. His name is John Andrew Barclay and I am named after him.”

Barclay’s grandfather was shot in the chest and walked miles to a field hospital. Part of his left lung was removed and he couldn’t play the pipes again. He had learned from his father, and he taught his children and grandchildren, who are teaching their children.

“I learned from my grandpa and my father how sacred these traditions are carried on from that war to end all wars, and how important it was and the sacrifices they made,” said Barclay.

piper story

Pipes and uniform carried by Barclay’s grandfather

2,500 pipers were a critical part of the Great War.

“They were ordinary men put in extraordinary circumstances,” said Ian Williams, a Salt Lake City piper.

piper story

Great War memorial in Lille

Williams says over a thousand pipers were killed or wounded over course of the war.

“They led them over the top, and so they were the first into battle,” he said.

Williams says the pipers were tasked with almost the impossible — they had to remind the troops of the home they left behind, and the future they hoped to shape.

“There’s something in the bagpipes, it stirs men’s souls and brings them to remembrance,” said Williams.

piper story

Yorkshire Trench and Dug Out World War I Trenches in Ypres Belgium. (Getty Images)

Williams and Barclay are two of dozens if not hundreds of Utah pipers who plan to gather on the steps of the Utah State Capitol on Sunday, on the 11th hour on the 11th day on the 11th month. It’s the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I.

They’ll play “When the Battle’s O’er,” marking when the guns went silent.

“100 years to commemorate their sacrifice,” said Barclay.

“It matters to us what those pipers did because we are the inheritors of the freedom they paid for,” said Williams. “At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Utah

kevin and michael bacon performing, they'll stop in utah in June...

Sam Herrera

Kevin Bacon to stop in Utah this summer with Bacon Brothers band

Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael will stop by Utah this June to take part in Lehi's Round-Up concert as the Bacon Brothers band.

10 hours ago

fighter jet...

Sam Herrera

High-altitude balloon intercepted over Utah

After intercepting the balloon over Utah airspace, NORAD found that the balloon didn't pose a threat but said that they would keep tracking it.

11 hours ago

a rending of what a MLB baseball stadium in salt lake would look like...

Adam Small

Utah House committee advances bill aimed to help bring MLB stadium to Salt Lake

Utah residents are excited, and concerned, about the advancement of a bill meant to get a Major League Baseball stadium to Salt Lake City.

11 hours ago

jeff hunt speaks to a class about public access to government...

Amanda Dickson

The public would have less access to government records under proposed law

A bill that tackles public access to government comes after state AG Sean Reyes denied KSL access to his daily calendar.

12 hours ago

A barbed wire fence is shown at a utah prison, whose populations are rising quickly...

Heather Peterson

Prison populations are rising locally and nationally

Utah officials say that prison populations in the state are rising at a higher rate than the national average.

14 hours ago

The Utah Capitol is shown on March 3, 2023, in Salt Lake City. Utah's SB 150, similar to the Relig...

Derrick Jones

“Utah’s RFRA”, passes the House and heads to the Governor

Utah's SB 150, similar to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), passed the House and awaits the Governor's signature.

19 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Utah pipers to honor World War I heroes