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2619 Pte. Scott Oram

When the great war in Europe ended, men were returning to their families over the course of the following months. In Arbroath, Agnes Wallace had been waiting for the return of a loved one, who had been held for over four years as a prisoner of war. It was not her husband, brother, or even her father the 36 year old awaited, but her 19 year old son, Scott Oram. Scott was born on the 14th of November, 1899, in his maternal grandparents cottage in the rural parish of Kinnettles, Forfarshire. Rec

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1196 Sgt. Arthur Guest and his brother 2124 L/Cpl. Herbert Guest of the Black Watch

Arthur Douglas Guest was born on the Isle of Man in 1889, his younger brother Herbert was born 4 years later in 1893.  Their father was the manager of a boot and shoe store. The family later relocated to Leeds and Huddersfield in England. On the 10th of February, 1908, Arthur enlisted into the Black Watch aged 18. Arthur's younger brother Herbert was 18 in 1911, and he too joined the Black Watch in late July/early August 1911.  Why two brothers born and raised in the Isle of Man, then lat

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The Personal Account of 9652 Sgt James Honeyman of the 2nd Black Watch in 1914

James Campbell Honeyman, from Leven in Fife, enlisted into the Black Watch on the 11th of November, 1903 at the age of 18. By the time the war broke out he was a Sergeant and stationed in India with the 2nd battalion. He lost his life on the 8th of October 1915, leaving behind his wife Catherine Ann and their three children who were living in Glasgow. Tragically Catherine Ann was to die the next year, her brother John McDonald and wife Kate took in her orphaned children.   Sunday

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The Personal Diary of 2044 Pte. John Burns of the 1st Black Watch in 1914

John Burns from Forfar, enlisted into the Black Watch on the 12th of April, 1911 aged 18. He went abroad with the 1st Btn in August, 1914 and was wounded on the 15th of September. Whilst recovering at home in October, he was interviewed by his local newspaper, who printed a copy of his diary. He was also wed to Petrina Keith at this time. His daughter Mary was born in the December. It's unclear when he was well enough to rejoin his battalion in France, but sadly John was killed in action,

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The Personal Account of 3/949 Pte. William Murray 1st Black Watch in 1914

3/949 Pte.William Murray, a Special Reservist from Dundee, arrived in France on the 20th of September in a reinforcement draft. Being wounded less than a month later, on recovery he served in the 2nd battalion, finally being discharged in May, 1919. Murray died in 1960 aged 69.   23rd December 1914 Dundee Courier   Private William Murray, 1st Battalion Black Watch, has returned to his home at 36 Kirk Street, Lochee, to recover from five shrapnel wounds sustained on 10th Novem

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The Personal Diary of a Scout of the 1st Black Watch in 1914

The following is a transcription of a personal diary that appeared in the pages of the Dundee Advertiser in serial form in March, 1915. Also later published in its sister paper the People's Journal, slightly abridged, the following month. The author, referred to a "Scout", is a reservist in the Black Watch. The diary covers the period from his return to the depot at Perth on the 5th of August, until his wounding and return to Britain on the 22nd of November 1914. All place name spellings are

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The Personal Diary of 9700 L/Cpl Reuben Jackson of the 1st Black Watch

The following is the transcribed personal diary of Reuben Jackson, a regular of the 1st battalion Black Watch, who went to France with the very first of his regiment. This first year of his diary was published in his local newspaper, "The Belper News" in Derbyshire, England, in serialised form, in mid to late 1915. This detailed and unique diary, provides insight into the events as experienced by him between mobilisation in August, 1914, and late June, 1915. There being a deficiency in offici

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The Personal Diary of 9755 L/Cpl William Trueland of the 1st Black Watch in 1914

William Trueland was Born in Edinburgh in 1885 and joined the Black Watch about the 24th of January, 1904. He was recalled as a reservist on the outbreak of war and went out in the first reinforcement draft to France in late August, 1914. After receiving a head wound from shrapnel, he underwent an operation at Edinburgh Castle Military hospital in mid December, 1914. Probably due to this injury he was transferred to the 1st Garrison battalion of the HLI in January, 1916, then later the 1st Gar

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