WARRACKNABEAL’S Cam Whelan took part in a unique tribute marking the centenary of the end of World War I taking part in a world-wide piping event. At 6am on November 11, 1918 the Armistice of Compiègne was signed between the Allies and Germany.
It marked the end of the ﬁghting on the Western Front and ultimately the end of the Great War, that terrible, gruelling four year conﬂict that saw millions killed and wounded,
including around 2,000 pipers.
Countries all around the world were affected in what was one of the largest wars in history.
At 5pm Cam Whelan dressed in his Royal Stuart kilt and regalia and joined by about 50
friends and others, began to play the rendition of Pipe William Robb’s retreat march, ‘When the Battle’s O’er’ at Anzac Park.
Cameron played several pieces of music for those who were in attendance and made a poignant sight beside the World War I gun and the Anzac Memorial Gates in the background.
“It was a unique and spine-tingling
occasion,” said one onlooker.
He was one of 1000 pipers in locations across Australia and more around the world that took part.
The Battle’s O’er was adopted after World War One as a tribute to more than 2000 British and Commonwealth pipers who lost their lives in battle during the war.