The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

'Sans Peur'       Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders red and white dicing       'Ne Obliviscaris'

Paintings of Tom Barker
1st Battalion - 1939-45

Art & Literature

After my return from the POW Camp and on leaving the Argylls, I taught myself literature and art, including water colours and oils.

I have also written lots of material of when I was a lad at school near Thornton Abbey and of the time my father worked on a farm as a milkman.

I also wrote a fictional murder mystery. I don't think it will ever be a best seller, but I will have a go at anything once.


I also taught myself electronics and refrigeration - working for Frigidaire for a number of years repairing washing machines, freezers, fridges and air conditioning systems.

Having made my own Hawaian guitar and amplifier, I played in a seven piece band in the Oddfellows Hall every Saturday night, doubling up on rhythm guitar and double bass, when I lived in Barton-on-Humber, Lincolnshire - where I was born in 1921.

By the way, I also made lots of radio controlled boats and devised an inexpensive speed control. The Model Boat magazine snapped it up and put pictures of it on the front page of their magazine, but that was about 6-7 years ago.

The Bagpipes

Being a musician, I like the bag pipes, but realised that the reason why some people hate them is because the three bass drones - once started - cannot be stopped and by today's standards of music, they are out of date.

One move that was made was to successfully update the pipes so that they were in tune with the brass bands. However, it is impossible to stop and start the bass and tenor drones at will, to accompany any given note on the chanter.

But, being a bit inventive, I have discovered a way to eliminate this problem, so that the note being played has the right chord backup by the bass drones. If you know of any pipers who might be interested, please drop me a line.

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