Inverness drummer to recreate Battle of Somme bravery

An Inverness born soldier is set to take a central role at this year’s Highland Military Tattoo. 

Sergeant Brian Taylor of The Highlanders 4 SCOTS will be recreating the heroic deeds of Drummer Ritchie who won the Victoria Cross at the Battle of the Somme.

Currently a recruiting officer at the Army Reserves Centre at Gordonville Road, Sergeant Taylor is also a drummer, bugler and highland dancer and is usually a member of The Highlanders Pipes and Drums.  Whilst on secondment in Inverness he has been playing with the newly formed City of Inverness Pipe Band, who are enjoying a very successful first year of competitions and are also playing at the Tattoo at Fort George in September.

 One of the historical vignettes at the Tattoo will commemorate the WW1 Battle of the Somme.  Drummer Walter Ritchie was a 24-year old drummer in the Seaforth Highlanders when he won the Victoria Cross for his gallantry in standing on the parapet of an enemy trench in the face of heavy fire repeatedly sounding the charge to rally the men of his battalion.

The bugle sounded by Drummer Ritchie is currently on display at the Highlanders’ Museum at Fort George as part of their WW1 exhibition.

 As part of The Highlanders’ Pipes and Drums, Sergeant Taylor has performed nine times at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and has also played at tattoos around the world, including Moscow and Windsor.

 Highland Military Tattoo director, Major General Seymour Monro, said: “We are delighted to have a performer and musician of Sergeant Taylor’s calibre joining our fabulous cast for this year’s Tattoo. 

 “Our historical vignettes are always a real hit with the crowds and we look forward to commemorating the Battle of the Somme and the naval Battle of Jutland at this year’s event.”

 This year’s Tattoo, which is supported by EventScotland, a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, runs each evening from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th September, with a matinee performance on Saturday 10th September. Tickets are now on sale from Ticketline, Eden Court and The Highlanders’ Museum at Fort George.

 More information is available at and you can follow the Tattoo on Twitter @HMTFortGeorge.

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