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100th Anniversary of The Black Watch Association17th Jun 2019

On Saturday 15 June 2019 The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) celebrated the 100th anniversary of the formation of The Black Watch Regimental Association. Although the Association can trace its roots back to 1874 it took its current form in April 1919 in the aftermath of the Great War.

The Association is both a Charity and an old comrade’s organisation and has three main objectives;

  • To provide support for veterans and their families who fall on hard times
  • To erect, maintain, and when necessary renew or replace permanent memorials to those who served in the Regiment
  • To promote comradeship

The heart of the celebration was the church service honouring the 8,960 Black Watch men who lost their lives in the Great War. The final 215 crosses of remembrance for those who died between the Armistice in 1918 and 31 August 1921 were laid in the final act of commemoration for the Great War. The lives of all those who have served in the Regiment was also honoured with a wreath laid by two Black Watch veterans. Mr Geordie Reid (age 100) from Murthly who served in the 10th Battalion and Colonel Ian Critchley OBE (aged 93). As a 19 year old Platoon Commander in the 7th Battalion Colonel Critchley took part in the Rhine Crossing on 23 March 1945. He later served with the 2nd Battalion at the time of Partition on the Indian Sub-Continent; he also served with the 1st Battalion during the Korean War.

Guests at the event included; Councillor Ian Borthwick, Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Dundee, current President of the Association, Brigadier Sir Melville Jameson, the Lord Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross and Mr Robert Balfour the Lord Lieutenant of Fife who are both Vice Presidents of the Association. Councillor Dennis Melloy, Provost of Perth, also attended as did the Provost of Angus. Close to 200 veterans and their families were at the service which was followed by the annual Regimental Reunion.

The event was supported by the Pipes and Drums of The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland and the band of The Black Watch Battalion, Army Cadet Force. Representatives from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland and 51st Highland, 7th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland also attended the service.