Prior to joining the police, Alex Shand served with the 1st Battalion Queens Own Cameron Highlanders. Serving under Pipe-Major Evan MacRae, he quickly gained promotion to Corporal and was involved at Cameron Barracks, Inverness, in recruitment and training.
With the 1st Battalion he saw service in Germany, Korea, Japan, and Aden during the blockage of the Suez Canal. While in Korea he transferred to Tokyo for a year as Personal Piper to the Commander in Chief Far East, a prestigious posting.
Alex Shand was also a composer of distinction, with the 6/8 march, “Caverhill,” among his best works – a tune often heard played by Scottish country dance bands.
The funeral on December 13, 2008, at Morton Hall in Edinburgh saw a large turnout by family, friends and former colleagues of the force and pipe band, including Iain MacLeod, Harry McNulty, John MacKintosh and Martin Wilson.