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The Owlman
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any help with information on this officer please?

Served in Royal Scots as Temp Lt/Act Capt. and gazetted for MC in 1917. no real info found at MIC and usual sources. Went on to command Fife & Forfar Yeo with OBE for service with RA in North Africa.

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Owlman

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Thanks for the replies, I have got everything about our William from the Gazette up to 1944 when he got his military OBE. ( Gazette site is pretty iffy on pdf-ing the info, crashes often).

Will try and get the official history. Little details seem easy to find i.e when he learnt to fly and even what aircraft, who bought it next and all its history but is there an easy way to find how he got his MC, doesn't seem so!! (His medal card being a officer, is pretty vague)

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owlman

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Black left 15 RS towards the end of 1916, becoming a junior G.S.O. on the Staff of 101 Brigade. He was awarded the M.C. fairly late in the war - I think while still serving on the Staff of the 'Scottish' brigade of the reconstituted 34 Div.

His file at the PRO probably contains no reference to the circumstances; however there may just be something in the War Diary of 103 Brigade.

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His MC was a New Year's Honour, so no published citation in the Gazette:

London Gazette 1st January 1919

AWARDED THE MILITARY CROSS

T./Capt. William Collins Gordon Black, Gen. List, attd. H.Q., 103rd Inf. Bde.

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/ViewPDF.a...=Gordon%20Black

Note that the MC was Gazetted in 1919, not 1917.

Steve.

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He was appointed to command the 51st Anti-Aircraft battalion just prior to WW2.

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Steve.

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Further info:

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The Times, Friday 27-11-1964

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Steve.

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From Owlman

thanks Steve for the news cuttings - I have his WW1 uniform which has buttons and badges for the 1st Dragoons. The tailors label has 11/11/18 and Blacks initials and surname inked in. The jacket had been modified with sleeve rank and baggy lower pockets removed. All his ribbons are present although his star ribbon is reversed. The uniform changes appear contemporary as age 'shadows are present under badges & alterations. Strange!

I assume he transferred into the 1st Dragoons after his staff appointments.

(Have located Rs titles on abebooks)

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Neil

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Brigadier William Collins Gordon Black

Born 27 Sep 95, the son of William Black, Chapel, Kingskettle, Fife

Educated at Edinburgh Academy from 1909-1912

Private, 15th Royal Scots, 1914

2nd Lieut, 1915

Staff Capt, 1918

Served in France from 1916-1918

Despatches, 1917

Italian Silver Medal, 1917,

MC, 1919, BWM and VM

Demobilized in 1919 and lived at St. Mary's, Kirkcaldy

Brigadier in WW2, OBE, TD, despatches.

Sources: Edinburgh Academy Register, 1824-1914;War Supplement to the Edinburgh Academy Register; The Edinburgh Academy War Service Record 1939-1945.

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