''The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war,no matter how justified,shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation'' --George Washington--
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Black Watch soldier secrets revealed after century wait
The personal accounts of a soldier from the Black Watch have been revealed after almost a hundred years.
Lt Col J Stewart of the 9th Battalion stipulated that his personal memoirs only be opened in 2014.
When archivists at the Museum of the Black Watch in Perth opened the records on Wednesday, they discovered bundles of letters and diaries from WW1.
Lt Col Stewart took over from Arthur Wauchope as commanding officer of the 2nd Battalion in 1916.
He was also in command during the battle of Samarra in modern-day Iraq in 1917, where the Baghdad Bell - on display in the Black Watch museum - was captured.
Archivists are not exactly sure whether Lt Col Stewart's first name was John or James.
However, they have now begun the long task of reading the contents of his letters and documents to see what they contain.Read more HERE