Scottish War Blinded members visit Black Watch Museum

Posted: 10/02/2016 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded members visited the Black Watch Museum on Wednesday 10 February 2016.

Members were warmly greeted at the museum and treated to a wonderful lunch before taking a guided tour of the museum which includes uniforms, fine paintings, medals, photographs, diaries, weapons and military equipment, together with film and reminiscences to bring to life the proud military heritage of the regiment.

Scottish War Blinded members visit the Black Watch MuseumThe tour began with a description of the foundation of the Black Watch regiment in 1725, which took place in the Scottish Highlands to prevent fighting between various clans and enforcing laws against the carrying of weapons. The tour moved on to the empire years of 1815-1915 which described the regiment’s service during the Crimean War, quelling the mutiny in India and the Boer War campaign.

Members progressed to the World War One period which included a highly emotive presentation of medals, artefacts and personal stories. One particular artefact which resonated with members was the kilt of Captain Stewart of 1st Battalion Black Watch. The kilt still has traces of mud from the trenches and was worn by Captain Stewart on the day he died during the Battle of the Somme in September 1916.

The regiment played a significant role in many of the key theatres of World War Two and many stories and artefacts, from campaigns including Dunkirk, Crete, Tobruk, El Alamein, Monte-Cassino and Burma, were described to members.

Scottish War Blinded member Bernard Matthews lost a family relative at Monte-Cassino. He visited the regimental room of remembrance on the day to pay his respects.

Bernard said:

“It’s been quite a poignant day and I have enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the regiment, the Monte-Cassino campaign as well as pay my respects. It’s certainly sad the regiment no longer exists as the Black Watch.”

The tour concluded with a look at the regiment’s involvement in Korea where its defence of vital positions along 'The Hook' earned the regiment its most recent battle honour. Scottish War Blinded member Ian Watson served in the Black Watch regiment during the Korean War conflict and makes regular trips to the museum for regimental gatherings.

Ian (pictured right) said:

“It’s been an excellent trip and I’m glad fellow members were able to make the trip and learn more about the regiment and its illustrious past.” 

Scottish War Blinded provides free support to veterans of the armed forces who have a visual impairment sustained either in conflict or subsequently to their service. We support ex-service men and women who have served in the Armed Forces, including Reserves, Queen Alexandra Nursing Corps and National Service.

If you or someone you know could benefit from Scottish War Blinded’s activities, call us free today on 0800 035 6409 or visit www.guidethem.org

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