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8th Black Watch - Date of Entry Into Theatre - Help Please


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Folks,

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i am being frustrated in my researches into the career of my Great Uncle, Alexander Glen who was commissioned as a 2nd Lt on March 24th 1915 from Officer Cadets at St Andrews University. The attached photo of him and my Grandfather (on left) has been identified previously on the Forum as the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders uniform which was his preference on enlistment.

Following March 1915, I have no further record of him until October 1916 when he is recorded as Signalling Officer with the 8th Black Watch - I''ve got a good handle on his career from that point but the gap is frustrating. I would appreciate some opinions and advice on how to track any information down.

Annoyingly, his MIC does not record his date of entry into theatre is there any other way to find this out?

Could he have transferred from A&SH to 8th Bn BW as a replacement for losses, I dont know if this was common practice.

or did he simply not enter theatre until October 1916 - he didnt get there in 1915 as he is only entitled to the latter two medals on his MIC.

Grateful for any help

all the best

Duncan

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Could he have transferred from A&SH to 8th Bn BW as a replacement for losses, I dont know if this was common practice.

On the November 1916 Army List he is shown as being a Lieutenant with 8th Black Watch but seconded from the A&S along with about a dozen other officers. Men would often be moved between different battalions to replace losses or add a backbone of experienced men to a new unit,presumably the latter in this case.

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