Object of the Month – Blair Family medals

These medals come from three generations of the Blair family and are a unique addition to the Museum collection. The medals are on loan from the Blair family.

Major General Sir Richard Julian Blair KBE CB CMG

He did not serve with The Black Watch.

Orders (top of display):

  • Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (neck badge and ribbon, breast badge) (top centre) 

  • Companion of the Most Honourable Order of Bath (neck badge and ribbon) (top left) 

  • Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (neck badge and ribbon) (top right) 

Medals (bottom, from left to right):

  • Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902 (Bars: Talan, Defence of Ladysmith, Retiefs Nek, Belfast) 

  • King’s South Africa Medal 1901-1902 (Bars: South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902) 

  • India General Service Medal 1908-35 (Bar: Northwest Frontier 1908) 

  • Star, 1914-1915 

  • British War Medal 1914-1920 

  • Allied Victory Medal 1914-1918 (Oak Leaf: Mention In Dispatches) 

  • General Service Medal 1918-1962 (Bar: Iraq)

Miniatures of each of the above (small medals between Orders at top and medals at bottom)


 Colonel James Molesworth Blair CMG CBE DSO

Knight Grand Cross, Order of St Stanilaus (Russia), Commander Order of St Vladimir (Russia), Chevalier Legion d’Honneur (France), Order of the Rising Sun (Japan), War Cross (Czechoslovakia).

Commissioned into The Black Watch 1901, to the Gordon Highlanders 1911, Second in Command British Forces in Siberia 1918-20.

Orders:

  • Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (neck badge and ribbon) (top left) 

  • Companion of the most Excellent Order of the British Empire (neck badge and ribbon) (top right) 

Foreign Awards:

  • Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Stanislaus (Russia) (neck badge, breast badge and ribbon) (near top, centre) 

  • Commander, Order of St Vladimir (Russia) (breast badge) (top centre) 

Decoration (bottom left):

  • Distinguished Service Order 

Medals (bottom, left to right):

  • Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902 (Bars: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902) 

  • India General Service Medal 1908-35 (Bar: Northwest Frontier 1908) 

  • Star, 1914-1915 

  • British War Medal 1914-1920 

  • Allied Victory Medal 1914-1918 (Oak Leaf: Mention In Dispatches) 

Foreign Awards (bottom, left to right):

  • War Cross (Czechoslovakia) 

  • Chevalier, Legion d’Honneur (France) 

  • Order of the Rising Sun (Japan) 

Miniatures of each of the above (small medals between Orders at top and medals at bottom)

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Neil Molesworth Blair CMG OBE

Awarded Sword of Honour, Sandhurst 1930 when he was commissioned into The Black Watch. He was seriously wounded in Sicily in 1943whilst commanding the 1st Battalion.

Orders:

  • Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (neck badge and ribbon) (top) 

  • Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (bottom left) 

Medals (bottom, left to right):

  • Star 1939-45 

  • Africa Star 1940-43 (Bar 1st Army) 

  • Italy Star 1943-45 

  • Defence Medal 1939-45 

  • War Medal 1939-45 

Miniatures of each of the above (small medals between Orders at top and medals at bottom)

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