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Trace a Soldier

Please find some suggested resources below to help you trace a soldier.


Soldiers’ Documents (WO97s).

The National Archives

Held at the National Archives at Kew. These records are now on-line at Find My Past.

  • There are few records for the 42nd & 73rd prior to 1800. There are no records for those who served in the French-Indian or Revolutionary Wars in North America.

First World War

These records are held at the National Archives at Kew and are now on-line at Ancestry.

  • First World War records were bombed during the Second World War and only 40% have survived. Medal Rolls (and index cards extracted from the rolls) for this period are also useful and can be found on the Ancestry and National Archives websites.

1920s onwards

These records are held by the Army Personnel Centre. They are confidential documents and, as such, are available only to relatives.

Books | General Black Watch history

The Black Watch, Eric & Andro Linklater
The Black Watch: The Inside Story, John Parker
The Highlands Furies: The Black Watch 1739-1899, Victoria Schofield
The Black Watch: Fighting in the Front Line 1899-2006, Victoria Schofield

Books | Early History

Sketches, David Stewart of Garth. Available online as a pdf here.

Books | First World War

A History of The Black Watch in the Great War, ed. A G Wauchope. Available online here.

Books | Second World War

The Black Watch and the King’s Enemies, Bernard Fergusson.

Prisoners of War

The Red Cross website may offer details for those captured during the First and Second World Wars.

Roll of Honour

The Roll of Honour for the First World War to 2006 is held at the Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle.

War Graves and Memorials

For the First and Second World Wars, these can be found on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

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