1st Canadian Army parade in Brussels, Belgium, 11-06-1945
11-06-1945: Parade with 16 bands on the Grand Place, Brussels
P.M. Edmund Esson
masterfully leads the Countering by the whole Canadian 1st. Army Massed
Pipes and Drums. Note the photographer in front!
Parade at the Parc
du Cinquantenaire, outside the centre of Brussels. Notice P.M. Edmund
Esson on the far left giving a signal to the massed band
The above two photographs are
Some more photographs taken at the Parc
Left: P.M. Esson leading the Massed Pipes & Drums. Could the
photographer on the left be the same one as shown on the photograph two
places upward from here?
Right: drummers taking a rest. Left to right: a Canadian Scottish
side-drummer, the 48th. highlanders of Canada's bass drummer and an
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada snare drummer.
after the Parade: Party time . . .
prelude to the Farewell Banquet for the Pipe Majors that night. On those
photos, do note the red/white "raspberry" effect on the
Pipe Majors' foreheads, caused by sunburn.
Especially on the next one, the slanted dividing line
does clearly show where the sun has been shielded off
by the Glengarry cap
during all the hours of piping, exposed to the sun.
Armstrong, who did take
from Willie Ross together with Ed Esson, his P.M., is
standing on the extreme right of the back row,
and also second left in the back row on the next photograph,
Pipe Major Edmund
Esson (seated at the head of the table) drinks up courage . . .
Some time later:
- Yes, the beard is off ! "It was a bet" (P.M. Bob
Stocker of the Essex Scottish holds on to his). Not to get shavings on
their kilts, both Ed Esson, still with moustache (3rd. from
the left, front row) and his former pupil James Watt, seated
next to him, had changed into battle dress trousers for the