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Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)

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Those known to have served with

Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Agnew George. Pte.
  • Allan George Thomas Cockburn.
  • Allen Arthur Crawford. Pte. 8th (Service) Btn (d.19th Oct 1916)
  • Anderson Thomas. Pte. 8th (Service) Btn. (d.27th Sep 1915)
  • Archibald George. Pte. 4/5th (Angus and Dundee) Battalion (d.31st Jul 1917)
  • Archibald John Gibb. L/Cpl. 7th Btn.
  • Atock Arthur George. Lt. 155th Field Coy. (d.13th Sep 1918)
  • Bain James. Pte. 2nd Battalion
  • Balkwill Albert Thomas James. 2nd Lt. 8th Btn. (d.17th Oct 1916)
  • Bell Joseph. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.25th September 1915 )
  • Birkinshaw Jesse. L/Cpl. 8th Battalion
  • Black Archibald. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.14th Jul 1916)
  • Black Peter. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.18th Sep 1916)
  • Blacklock John. Pte. 6th (Perthshire) Btn. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Boyle John. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.23rd Feb 1917)
  • Brice Philip John. Pte.
  • Brown A.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.1st Jun 1917)
  • Brownlow William Lionel. 2nd Lt. (d.9th May 1915)
  • Canavan Richard. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.9th May 1915)
  • Catton George Frederick. Pte. 2/4th Btn.
  • Clark Charles. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Connelly Patrick. Pte 8th (d.27 Sep 1915)
  • Cooke Harry Maltby. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Cowie Albert. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.21st March 1918)
  • Crabb John Wilson. Pte.
  • Crawford William. Cpl. 9th Btn.
  • Crombie Alexander. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.21st October 1915)
  • Culpin George Frederick. Sgt 1st Btn (d.11th Nov 1914)
  • Cutmore G.. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.25th Jul 1917)
  • Davidson Archibald. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.25th January 1915)
  • Davidson Walter. Pte. 6th Btn (d.31st July 1917)
  • Delaney Patrick. Pte. 1st Btn (d.15th Sep 1914)
  • Dingwall Hugh. L/Cpl. 4/5 Btn (d.14 0ctober 1916)
  • Docherty John. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.15th Feb 1916)
  • Donaldson James. Capt. 9th Bn (d.23rd Aug 1917)
  • Doyle Edward. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.9th May 1915)
  • Duff George. Pte. (d.27th Oct 1914)
  • Eassom Charles Frederick. 2nd Btn.
  • Edwards Albert John. Sgt. 1st Btn. D Coy. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Evans Lewis Pugh. Brig. Gen. 2nd Battalion,
  • Fairlie Andrew. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.13th Jul 1918)
  • Fairweather David George. Pte. 4th Btn (d.14th Oct 1916)
  • Fender Thomas Edward. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.19th December 1915)
  • Ferrier William. 7th Btn. (d.7th July 1916)
  • Finlay David. Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.21st Jan 1916)
  • Foster Andrew. Sgt. (d.22nd Oct 1915)
  • Fraser Oswald Campbell. 2nd Lt. 9th Btn. (d.9th April 1917)
  • Fullerton-Carnegie George David Howard. 1st/7th Btn.
  • Goodwin James. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.16th Oct 1915)
  • Gregory Charles James. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.15th May 1918)
  • Heath John Doulton. Cpl. 7th Btn
  • Henderson Archibald. Pte. 4/5 Btn. (d.15 Nov 1917)
  • Henderson Robert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.25th Sep 1916)
  • Henderson William Buntin. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.15th Apr 1917)
  • Henderson William Buntin. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.15th April 1917)
  • Heslin John. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.17th Dec 1917)
  • Hodnett James. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Hughes Edward Samuel. Pte.
  • Jenkins Henry. Pte.
  • Johnston William. Pte. 6th Battalion
  • Jones William Edward. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.15th Sep 1918)
  • Kelly Francis. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.25th July 1916)
  • Lamb William. Pte. 6th Perthshire Btn. (d.30th Jul 1916)
  • Lathan Leslie. Pte. 13th. (Scottish Horse) Btn. (d.4th Nov 1918)
  • Leggate Robert. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Low James. L/Sgt. 1st Battalion (d.9th May 1915)
  • Macfarlane Duncan Anne. Pipe Mjr. 1st Btn.
  • Mann Alexander James. 2nd Lt. 8th (Service) Batallion (d.10th Apr 1917)
  • Manning Michael. Pte. (d.13th Aug 1915 )
  • Maxwell Henry Edward. Col.
  • McCallum Walter Keyes. Pte. 1/5th (Angus and Dundee) Battalion
  • McCann David. Serjeant 9th Svc Bn, (d.15th Sep 1915)
  • McCann David. Sgt. 9th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • McFarlane Alan. Pte. 9th Btn (d.26th Sept 1915)
  • McFarlane Colin. Pte. 13th Btn.
  • McGee James. Pte 4th Btn (d.28th Nov 1915)
  • McGowan John H.. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.22nd August 1917)
  • McGregor John Alexander. L/Cpl. 1/5th Btn.
  • McHugh Thomas. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.29th April 1917)
  • McKee John Bernard. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • McKenzie James. L/Cpl. 9th Btn.
  • McLaren George. Pte. 1/7 Battalion (d.13th Nov 1916)
  • McMillan Donald William.
  • McNeill Peter. Drum Major 6th Battalion (d.20th Nov 1917)
  • McPherson Andrew. Pte. 6th Btn. G Company. (d.26th Jun 1915)
  • Mellon James. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.27th Sept 1915)
  • Merrilees William. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Nicol Charles. Pte. 6th Perthshire Battalion
  • O'Kell John Edward. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.18th Oct 1916)
  • Owen Frank. Pte. 10th Btn (d.5th Nov 1916)
  • Parker Thomas. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.26th March 1918)
  • Potter Alexander. Cpl. 9th (Service) Battalion (d.9th Apr 1917 )
  • Preston John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.12th Oct 1916)
  • Purvis William James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.13th Oct 1915)
  • Ripley John. Cpl.
  • Ritchie John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.5th Oct 1916)
  • Ross H.. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.30th November 1920)
  • Rowan-Hamilton Gawain Basil. Brig. 2nd Btn.
  • Sangster Adam Jamieson. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.5th Sep 1916)
  • Shaw William. Pte.
  • Simpson Alexander Herd. Pte. 7th Battalion
  • Small Joseph. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Smith David. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Smith John. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.24th May 1915)
  • Smith John. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Stewart Charles Edward. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.30th July 1916)
  • Stewart William. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.30th July 1916)
  • Taylor George Laird. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Taysum Norman Henry. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.16th Oct 1917)
  • Tennant John. L/Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.12th Oct 1917)
  • Thomas Byers. Capt. 9th Btn.
  • Turner Robert. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.31st Jul 1916)
  • Turner William. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.9th May 1917)
  • Wallace Alexander. L/Sgt. 1st/7th Battalion (d.23rd Dec 1916)
  • Wallace Andrew. Sgt. 1st/7th Battalion (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Wateridge William James. Pte. 4th/5th Btn. (d.1st Aug 1918)
  • Watson Pete. CSM. 4th Battalion
  • White John. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Wykes Albert Arthur. L/Cpl 2nd Btn. (d.18th Jun 1917)

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Pte. Thomas Parker 7th Battalion Black Watch (d.26th March 1918)

My Great Grandfather, Thomas Parker, husband of Jane Campbell Parker from Leslie, Fife. Died in the 1st Battle of Bapaume (as far as my research leads me to believe)

Sarah Perfect


Pte. Thomas McHugh 6th Btn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) (d.29th April 1917)

Private McHugh was the son of Mrs S. McHugh, of Derreen, Aghacashel.

He was 30 when he died and is buried in the near far corner from the entrance of the Drumcong Catholic Churchyard, Kiltubbrid, Co. Leitrim, Ireland.

S Flynn


Pte. Edward Samuel Hughes Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

Sam Hughes served with the Black Watch.


Col. Henry Edward Maxwell DSO Black Watch

Colonel The Honourable Henry Maxwell was the son of the late Hon. Richard Maxwell. Husband of Lady Edith Maxwell (nee Cosby)of London. Served in the South African Campaign. He was 61 when he died on the 2nd March 1919 and is buried in the south-west part of the Ballymachugh (St. Paul) Church of Ireland Churchyard in Co. Cavan, Ireland.

s flynn


Pte. Joseph Bell 1st Btn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) (d.25th September 1915 )

Joseph Bell was my second great-grandfather (his daughter, Margaret Gibson Bell was my great-grandmother). Although I do not recall exact stories, I do know she spoke of him. I am only just beginning my quest of finding my ancestry and learning of his history.


L/Cpl. H. Ross 1st Btn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) (d.30th November 1920)

Lance Corporal Ross is buried in Benares Cantonment Cemetery in India, Plot K, Grave 15.

S Flynn


CSM. Pete Watson 4th Battalion Black Watch

All I know is these were my grandmother Mary Watson's two brothers that served in the 4th Dundee Battalion, Black Watch. Pete Watson was company Sergeant Major and Joe was a private, they both died in France. When my grandmother married John Cartmill around 1918-20 they lived at 32 Lawson Place in Dundee, my grandfather was a Captain in the Salvation Army in Wishaw. I received a photo from my cousin recently found in the estate of my recently deceased uncle. Any information you can give me would be appreciated including the place of Pete and Joe's death and burial if that is known.

Paul Cartmill


Pte. James Goodwin 7th Btn. Black Watch (d.16th Oct 1915)

James Goodwin is my maternal grandfather's brother, killed in action on 16th of October 1915. I have several letters he wrote home, including one composed on the day he died. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

Gordon Wilkie


L/Cpl. James McKenzie MM. 9th Btn. Machine Gun Corps

Jim McKenzie enlisted in the Royal Highlanders most likely in the 8th Battalion of the Black Watch. He married in Co Durham in 1922 and died in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1965.


L/Cpl. John Tennant 8th Btn. Black Watch (d.12th Oct 1917)

John Tennant served with the 8th Btn. Black Watch, I only found this information recently as the family never talked about the First World War. John's three brothers also served with the Black Watch and survived with wounds. My great uncle John has no grave but is named on the Memorial Wall at Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium. I hope that I will be able to visit one day.


Pte. George Frederick Catton 2/4th Btn. Black Watch

Fred Catton joined up giving a false date of birth so he could go in place of his father of the same name. It was not discovered until over a year later, when he was then discharged according to Para 392VIA King's Regulations `Made a mis-statement as to age on enlistment'. He was given a very good discharge reference in spite of this.

Janet Catton


Pte. Albert Cowie 6th Btn. Black Watch (d.21st March 1918)

Albert Cowie is listed on the cenotaph at Farnell, Scotland. He was the son of John and Mary Cowie of Forebank Cottage, Kinnaird Castle, Brechin, Forfarshire. The date of his death differs in various records, either the 21st or 31st of March 1918. He was my grandmother Ann's, youngest brother.

Bryan Hamiilton


L/Cpl. John H. McGowan 9th Btn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) (d.22nd August 1917)

L/Cpl John McGowan is commemorated on a memorial within Westcoats Primary School, Cambuslang.

Campbell Thomson


Pte. Harry Maltby Cooke 8th Btn. Black Watch (d.3rd May 1917)

My great uncle, Harry Cooke, enlisted in the Yorkshire Regiment on 6th June 1914 (No 10478) and was discharged on 27th November 1914 as be "not likely to be an efficient Soldier". At some later date he re-enlisted in the Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) 8th Btn. and died near Fampoux during the Third Battle of the Scarpe. Details of his service in the Black Watch appear to have been destroyed.

Gordon Brooks


Pte. William Stewart 6th Btn. Black Watch (d.30th July 1916)

William Stewart was my great-uncle. Born 1st of October 1898 in Stanley, he enlisted when he was 15 years old. His regimental number was 1945. William died at the Battle of the Somme before he reached his 17th birthday. His name is on the Thiepval Memorial and the War Memorial in Stanley. He was the only son of my great grandparents. He had nine sisters.

James Bisset


Pte. William Merrilees 1st Btn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

My grandfather was William Merrilees. He enlisted in the 1st Battalion of the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) on 15th February 1915 and served in France. He took part in the Battle of the Somme and, in particular, the attacks on the Bazentin Ridge on 18th of August 1916 and in High Wood on 3rd September 1916. It was during this latter engagement he was taken prisoner of war, probably as part of the company of the 1st Black Watch who captured the mine crater and held it isolated for a couple of hours before being overrun in the German counter-attack.

He remained in captivity until the end of the war when he was repatriated via Calais to Dover on 20th November 1918. He appears on the Red Cross repatriation list R52028. For his war service he was awarded the Victory Medal, British War Medal and the 1915 Star and was demobilised to the Special Reserve list on 25th February 1919.

Gordon Jackson


Pte. John Edward O'Kell 8th Btn. Black Watch (d.18th Oct 1916)

John O'Kell served with the 8th Black Watch and is remembered on the Theipval Memorial to the Missing.

Judith Gill


Cpl. Alexander Potter 9th (Service) Battalion Black Watch (d.9th Apr 1917 )

Cpl Alexander Potter died at Arras on 9th April 1917.

Georgine Faulkner


Pte. Francis Kelly 1st Btn. Black Watch (d.25th July 1916)

Frank Kelly, was the eldest of four brothers, all to join the Black Watch, Royal Highland Regiment. He had previously served during the Boer War 1899-1902. He became a Territorial Soldier, and joined up full time in 1914 when war was declared. He was killed in action on 25th of July 1916, during the Somme Offensive. His name appears on the Thiepval Memorial in France.

Andrew Coltart


L/Sgt. James Low 1st Battalion Black Watch (d.9th May 1915)

James Low on his wedding day with his wife Nellie (Hoare)

James Low was my great grandfather. His address was 3 Yeamans Alley, Lochee, Dundee. He was the son of Mary Jean Scrimgeour but was raised by his Grandmother, Mary Low aka Granny Booth, who married John Gibson Booth after she gave birth to Jane. James's father was never in the picture along with Jane's father so he went by his grandmother's maiden name which was Low as she was Low when she gave birth to James's mother Jane. Neither his grandmother nor his mother married but neither of those men were blood relatives to James hence why he went by his Grandfather's surname.

He was in the 1st Battalion of the Blackwatch (Royal Highlanders) service number 874. While serving in Ireland he met my great grandmother Nellie Hoare. Nellie became pregnant with my granfather Patrick Low and James and Nellie got married on the Isle of Wight on the 12/01/1914.

James joined the war with the Blackwatch on the 14/09/1914. They fought in The Battle of Mons and the subsequent retreat, The Battle of the Marne, The Battle of the Aisne, the First Battle of Ypres and the Winter Operations of 1914-15. It was on the 09/05/1915 during the Battle of Aubers Ridge when he died. James won the WW1 Victory Medal.

Blackwatch leaving aldershot to fight in WW1

Declan Lowe

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History of the Black Watch in the Great War

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History of the 9th (Scottish) Division

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The divisionís record is graphically described in this history - what Field Marshal Lord Plumer in his foreword referred to as ďa record of wonderful development of fighting efficiency.Ē There are useful appendices giving the Order of Battle, command and staff lists with the various changes; a table showing periods spent in the line, with locations; a table of battle casualties and the VC citations. The maps are good with adequate detail for actions to be followed.


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