Battalion Order Book
For today’s object we have a blog written by Derek, one of a number of volunteers at the Black Watch Castle and Museum. Derek works with the Archivist, Richard McKenzie, and is currently involved in researching a number of Black Watch soldiers.
Battalion Order Books contain a vast array of details including transfers, Court Martials, good conduct awards and even fines for drunkenness! One article in particular caught Derek’s eye.
Army life is governed and regulated by orders covering everything from warfare to the issue of ice to messes. The level of minute detail and scrutiny of seemingly mundane elements of a soldier’s life, and the need to explain all occurrences to the satisfaction of superior officers appears both intrusive and comical to a modern audience.
BATTALION ORDERS PART 1
SIALKOT, WEDNESDAY 22nd JULY 1908
Detachment Orders by Captain C. C. Lamb Commanding the 2nd Battalion The Black Watch.
Court of Enquiry – A Court of Enquiry composed as under will assemble in the Orderly Room on Friday 24th at 11 AM. For the purpose of investigating and reporting upon the circumstances under which No8290 Private R. Izatt ‘C’ Company broke his plate of Artificial Dentures supplied to him at the expense of the State in 1903.
President – Captain C. C. Lamb
Member – Lieutenant R. E. Forrester