THE Black Watch is to have a bronze soldier statue erected at the Black Watch Corner in Belgium during May 2014. This kilted Highlander statue depicts a Great War soldier of the Black Watch holding a Lee Enfield rifle with an 18-inch bayonet.
The sculptor, Allan Herriot from Powderhall Foundry in Edinburgh, is creating this to remember the many Black Watch officers and men who left Scotland saying they would be back home for Christmas 1914. That was not to happen for many families, as their loved ones were casualties of that war to end all wars.
I am wondering if the Black Watch Association would consider having a copy of this statue erected in Scotland at a location suitable to the main recruiting areas in Scotland of this famous regiment. The main recruiting areas were then Forfarshire, Perthshire and Fife but there were recruits from Edinburgh and Glasgow and elsewhere.
My namesake uncle, Lieutenant P W Anderson, carried a Leith-born, 10th Black Watch soldier, Pte S/ 5581 John Thomson, back to his lines during a night raid on enemy lines in Salonika, but Pte Thomson died of his wounds soon after. My uncle was later attached to 18 Sqn RAF in France but was seriously wounded and died later in Arbroath of his wounds.
Maybe now is the ideal time to have a Black Watch soldier statue erected in, say, Perth, it being the home of the Black Watch and as there are no others statues remembering that famous Regiment in the Great War of 1914-1918 in Scotland.
Patrick W Anderson, Letham