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6th Black Watch Coix de Guerre


o j kirby

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Hello,

The 6th Black Watch as a battalion was awarded the French Croix de Guerre as a result of its part played in the action from 20th to 30th July 1918 at the battle of Tardenois when the 51st Highland Division fought alongside the French. The citation order was dated 16th October 1918. The soldiers of the battalion were to wear the ribbon of the Croix de Guerre on their upper sleeve in place of the single dark blue battalion stripe originally worn as its unit identity as part of 153 brigade of the 51st Div.

Is it recorded as to exactly when the ribbon started to be worn?

Cheers

Owain.

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There is an article in the MHS Bulletin of November 1973 "The Award of the Croix De Guerre (1914-18) to Units of the British Army" by Geoff Archer Parfitt.

It does not give the date being sought but does say the award was in due course commemorated by the following dress embellishments- The flash was worn on both sleeves. A lanyard in the colours of the C de G was worn over the left shoulder ( purchased by the battalion) and the pipe banners display the insignia of the C de G..

P.B.

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Are you sure it wasn't a fourragère, a French citation cord awarded to units that is the same colors as the Croix de Guerre, that's being described? The fourragère is worn on the left shoulder.

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you may be right, I am quoting from the article and Geoff was well known in the military history field being, I think, Curator of the KSLI Museum at one time.

P.B.

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Owain,

The Croix de Guerre is not formally awarded until 1919 when the medal is pinned to the Battalion's Regimental Colour, after which the ribbon is worn on the sleeve by officers and men. This is covered in Wauchope Vol II pages 202 & 203.

Aye

Tom McC

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