Category Archives: On This Day

Remembering the Battle at High Wood, 30th July 1916

On 30th July 2016 we remembered 154 men of The Black Watch who were killed, most at the Battle of High Wood (as part of the Battle of the Somme). The Memorial Service was led by Rev Alex Forsyth, and … Continue reading

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The Battle of Longueval

Today we remember the 185 Black Watch men who died between 13th and 19th July 1916 at the battle of Longueval, part of the battle of the Somme. The objective of the battle was to take the high ground of … Continue reading

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The Attack on Hanna, 21st January 1916

On this day one hundred years ago, 75 men of The Black Watch lost their lives. Read on to discover what caused this spike in casualty numbers. As the situation for the besieged British forces at Kut grew more desperate, … Continue reading

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The Battle of Shaikh Sa’ad, 7th January 1916

If you look back at the previous post, you will see that 67 men of The Black Watch lost their lives on 7 January 1916. So what happened on that day? After the first month of the siege of Kut … Continue reading

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Red Hackle Day

Today is Red Hackle Day! This annual celebration on 5 January commemorates the award to The Black Watch of the rightto wear the Red Hackle. Originally thought to be as a reward for their achievement at the Battle of Geldermaisen in 1794, … Continue reading

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On This Day: 18 June 1815

On this Day 200 years ago The Black Watch were present at the Battle of Waterloo, which took place in the United Kingdom of the Netherlands (now modern day Belgium). The Battle was between a French Army under the command … Continue reading

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On This Day: 16 June 1815

On this day 200 years ago The Black Watch was present at the Battle of Quatre Bras. The battle is depicted in ‘The Black Watch at Bay’ by W B Wollen, an epic-scale painting from the Museum collection. The painting … Continue reading

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