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Pipe Major Hugh Fraser, MMM, CD


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In 1938, at age 16, PM Fraser joined the Saskatoon Light Infantry. While training in Vernon, B.C. he met champion piper William Barrie who gave the PM his first set of pipes. PM Fraser was a veteran of the Second World War, and went overseas in 1943 with the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Winnipeg.  Upon his return, he re-joined the SLI Militia and was appointed Pipe Major serving in this position until 1980.

PM Fraser received many medals and honors, including the Military Medal of Merit (MMM).  The honour was bestowed to PM Fraser by Governor-General Jules Leger. and he was the first person in the SLI to receive the honour.  PM Fraser also had the honour of playing the Lament for the Right Honorable John G. Diefenbaker's funeral.

 1946 PM Fraser began his policing career, and in just four years was promoted to Detective.  The PM rose quickly through the ranks and retired as the Deputy Chief of Operations.  During his police career he was awarded the Police Long Service Medal, the Bronze and Silver Bar and the Gold Bar for 35 years service.

PM Fraser contributed greatly to the piping community in Saskatchewan, starting the Saskatoon Girls Pipe Band in 1956 and the Saskatoon Police Pipes and Drums in 1961.  He also gave his time generously as an instructor for the 96th Highlanders.  His countless hours of instruction and assistance to students and bands helped to ensure that a great many people in Saskatchewan enjoy playing the same music that the Pipe Major loved so much. The band is pleased that PM Fraser's daughter Donna is an active player in the band.