Piper Bill Millin was a Canadian born Scotsman who fought in the Second World War and on D-Day was personal piper to Lord Lovat, commander of the 1st Special Service Brigade. Bill piped the commandoes ashore on D-Day and piped them towards their link up with Airborne forces at Pegasus Bridge. Bill served throughout the Normandy campaign and later in Holland and Germany.
Bill Millin attended the D-Day commemorations on a regular basis until his death in 2010 and this new memorial, only unveiled in June 2013, comes after a long campaign to have some sort of memorial to him on the D-Day beaches.
The memorial is located overlooking Sword Beach in the village of Colleville-Montgomery.
- D-day Piper Bill Millin – Unveiling Ceremony: 8th June 2013 (warhistoryonline.com)
- The Bagpipes of D-Day – ‘Highland Laddie’ at Sword Beach (oneminutebookreviews.wordpress.com)
- Bill Millin, the “Mad Piper” of D-Day: A Remembrance of Sixty-Nine Years Ago This Week (jonathanturley.org)