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Dunkirk Boatman, The

John Balloch
March 3/4
4
8
Intermediate

A rare four-parted retreat march from the Greenock pipe major.

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  • mjbryson01@hotmail.com

    I’d love to see some harmonies posted for this.

  • The Dunkirk Gallant Boatman was first published in the United States Bicentennial Collection Vol 1 and much later entitled The Dunkirk Boatmen in Scots Guards Bk 3. It was composed by P/M John Balloch who spent his retirement years living in Port Bannatyne, Isle of Bute where he died in 1949. He was known by the locals simply as ‘the Pipe Major’.

    The tune was composed for Alistair MacMillan of Port Bannatyne who was a sailor with the Caledonian Steam Packet Company and who took part in the Dunkirk evacuation rescuing British and French forces in 1940 under constant attack from the Luftwaffe. When informed of the tune Alistair told the Pipe Major that he had not been alone and therefore the title should refer to ‘Boatmen’, not ‘Boatman’.

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