Omission in Black Watch memorials?

THE BLACK Watch regiment traditionally recruits in Angus, Perthshire and Fife.

A reader with a family tradition of the regiment, Patrick Anderson, Letham, has noticed that whilst there are statues to the raising of the regiment (Aberfeldy), a Second World War statue (Powrie Brae, Dundee), and the Boer War involvement (Edinburgh), there is not a Great War statue in the regiment’s home territory.

This thought was prompted by the news recently that The Black Watch Association is to erect a new Soldier memorial depicting a Great War soldier of the Black Watch at Black Watch Corner at Ypres, Belgium, next May.

Mr Anderson said: “This kilted soldier statue in bronze is an excellent idea to remember the many young men from Montrose and our county of Forfarshire as it was then called who went off to war expecting to be back home by Christmas 1914, but sadly many did not return having been killed in action on Flanders fields or on some other battlefield in another theatre of war.

“It would be ideal if there were to be a copy of this same Black Watch Soldier Statue erected in, for example, Perth, the Home of the Black Watch.”

Mr Anderson has had another recollection, regarding the Montrose Black Watch connection.

He said: “Was it not a Montrose-born Black Watch Officer, Major R.C. Hoyer-Millar, who unveiled the Montrose War Memorial to the Great War? He had served in the Boer War and then in the Great War with the 10th Black Watch in Salonika along with my namesake uncle, Lt P.W. Anderson. He attended my uncle’s funeral in Arbroath in November, 1921.”

Mr Anderson has looked at the Inventory of War Memorials at the Imperial War Museum but was disappointed that there was no mention of who had unveiled the Montrose one for any of the conflicts mentioned on it.