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Ancliffe, Charles William (1880–1952), military bandmaster and composer, was born in co. Kildare, Ireland, the son of John Benjamin Ancliffe, bandmaster of the 13th regiment (Somerset light infantry) from 1894 to 1906. He received a musical education from John Hele and at the ...

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Findlater, George Frederick (1872–1942), soldier and piper, was born in Turriff, Aberdeenshire, on 15 February 1872, one of six sons and five daughters of Alexander Findlater (d. 1895), miller, and his wife, Mary Ann, née Clark (d. 1895). Educated at the school in ...

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Laidlaw, Daniel Logan (1875–1950), soldier and piper, was born in Little Swinton, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, Berwickshire, on 26 July 1875, one of the three sons of Robert Laidlaw, a quarryman and later engine driver, of Coldingham, Berwickshire, and his wife, Margaret, daughter of Robert Logan...

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Ricketts, Frederick Joseph [pseud. Kenneth J. Alford] (1881–1945), military band conductor and composer, was born on 21 February 1881 at 3 York Terrace, Ratcliff, Stepney, London, the fourth of five children of Robert George Ricketts, a coal merchant, and his wife, Louisa Alford...