Pipey, as he was best known to most Cameronians who had the good fortune to serve with him. Indomitable in spirit as he was on the Rugby field, Tom went on to be a popular member of staff at the Palace of Holyrood House. Best known to many in his capacity as Pipe Major The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) he went to the King’s Own Scottish Borderers on the disbandment of the Regiment in 1968 where he served as a Company Sergeant Major before going on promotion as Regimental Sergeant Major to the Scottish infantry Depot (Glencorse).
Pat Jack a former piper who served with Tom says – “It was with great sadness that I heard of the death of Tam. He together with Maxi McDonald (Bugle Major) produced a Pipe Band second to none among the Scottish Regiments during the 60’s. I am sure that I speak for all who served with him, particularly his pipers and drummers, in sending our condolences to his family”
His funeral took place at Mortonhall Edinburgh on Friday 3 June 2011 when a piper from the Army School of Bagpipe Music played The Cameronians Farewell to South Arabia, a piece written by Tom in 1967. He is survived by his wife Elke and their two sons
Major Brian AS Leishman