Trace a Soldier
Please find some suggested resources below to help you trace a soldier.
Royal Hospital Chelsea: Soldiers’ Service Documents (WO97). These service records are for soldiers only, not officers. Original records are held at The National Archives, London. Digitised copies are now online at Find My Past.
There are few records for the 42nd & 73rd Regiments prior to 1800. There are no records for those who served in the French-Indian or Revolutionary Wars in North America.
First World War
Original records are held at The National Archives with digitised copies now online at Ancestry.
Please note that the War Office record stores were bombed during the Second World War and only 40% survived. Medal rolls (and index cards extracted from the rolls) for this period are also useful and can be found on Ancestry and The National Archives websites.
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 | First World War
A History of The Black Watch in the Great War, ed. A G Wauchope
Books | Second World War
The Black Watch and the King’s Enemies, Bernard Fergusson