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Canada's most famous bagpipes come home

They called it "The Great War" and "The War to End All Wars" – though of course it didn't. When hostilities erupted in Europe in 1914, Canadians rushed to Britain's side. But the cost was terrible: more than 60,000 were killed, 172,000 wounded. There are no more Canadian combat veterans alive to recall the horrors of the First World War, but their voices and memories live on in the archives of the CBC. Lest we forget, here are some of their stories.

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Piper James Richardson was killed and won a Victoria Cross at the Somme. Ninety years later, his bagpipes have been found and returned.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Nov. 8, 2006
Guests: Roger McGuire, Patrick Reid, Andrew Winstanley
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Patrick Brown
Duration: 2:39
Photo Credit: Library and Archives Canada / C-033428

Last updated: September 30, 2013

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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