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    Wanted information on BLACK WATCH Officer

    Joe , Maybe this is your Lt Ferris : Officers of the BW ( Vol 11): page 41:

    FERRIS . W. T. ( Territorial Force) : 6th Perthshire Bn : 2 /Lieut on 6 Feb 1916, WOUNDED 28 July 1916 : Lieut on 6 August 1917

    I can't see any other Ferris listed but will check the London Gazette in due course for the appointment dates Joe .

    Over to you .. &best wishes

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    Re: Wanted information on BLACK WATCH Officer

    Thanks Pat, That is probably the same Lt Ferris. so he survived the war.
    Pat, do you have any details when the Black Watch served in Ireland?
    I know they were in Dublin in 1860s to 1880s, not sure of the dates.
    Joe

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    Re: Wanted information on BLACK WATCH Officer

    Joe, seems that your Lt Ferris survived the war and in the Army Lists for March 1917 it gives him listed under 6th Perthshire Bn and has the info

    1 Ferris WT and the date of his appointment being 6 Feb 1916 and the info on abbreviations shows : In Regimental lists on Officer's Battalion is indicated by a number against his name

    In the book " A History of the BW in the Great War edited by Maj General A G Wauchope " Volume 2 : Lt Ferris does not seem to be mentioned in its pages covering the war diary which is unusual as Officers usually get a mention by name .

    The 6th Battalion Officers service shows

    Ferris , W T , 2 Lt Joined May 1915 wounded 28 July 1916


    Strange that it says he joined the 6th Bn in May 1915 so maybe with a search of the London Gazettes he may have been appointed 2 Lieut from the 6th Bn Black Watch ranks ... The L G will say that he came from the ranks but that would need to be checked out

    An entry in its pages re the 6th Bn :

    High Wood July 30th , 1916:

    The Bn losses in this action and in the DAYS PRECEDING it amounted to FOUR Officers killed ( Capt Hally, Lts Miller , McEwan, and Roy), SIX Wounded , 50 other ranks killed and 200 wounded ..............

    For services on this occasion , NINE Military Medals were awarded to non commissioned officers and men of the Battalion "

    So that six wounded officers will be this Lt WT Ferris ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARMAGH View Post
    Lt Ferris WM From The Mall Armagh info from 1st Presbyterian church Armagh, Any information welcome date of enlistment etc may have been wounded.
    Joe
    I have his straight razor.
    Its a razor made in Belfast by McClelland.
    It says on it

    W.T FERRIS
    6Th Battalion The Blackwatch
    15th Brigade
    51st highland division B.E.F

    engraved into the horn ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dre3ed View Post
    I have his straight razor.
    Its a razor made in Belfast by McClelland.
    It says on it

    W.T FERRIS
    6Th Battalion The Blackwatch
    15th Brigade
    51st highland division B.E.F

    engraved into the horn ;-)
    Hi dre3ed and welcome to the BW Forum.

    What a brilliant keepsake. How did you come about owning it?

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    Welcome dre3ed to the BW forum have sent you a pm

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    Hi Joe,
    We have Lt Ferris's Trio and Officer Blue service book on display at Local Studies in the Library in Perth. They are part of a WW1 Display and are on loan from the BW museum. I will get it out tomorrow at work and see what details it records about him.
    Regards

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    Look forward to seeing what details there is.
    Many thanks Joe

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    Hi Joe,
    Sorry Joe, still have not had time to get the his Officer Service Book out of the display cabinet as it has been going like a fair at work! Lots of tourists in doing their family trees etc. Am on a late shift this Tuesday, so will get it out then.

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    Hi Sorry for the very long delay. I have now had time to look at William Thompson Ferris Officer's Service Book. It shows his DOB was 14/03/1890. Address 2 Gosford Place, The Mall, Armagh, Ireland and he was a Bank Clerk. His father was called Walter and lived at the same address.
    He enlisted as a Pte on the 17.9.14, became a L/Cpl 17.10.15. Then 2Lt. 6.2.16 and Lt. on the 6.8.17.
    He served abroad with the 6th bn. from 6.2.15 until 28.7.16. {Think he must have been wounded and sent to hospital as no unit is listed between this date and the next entry} On 6.3.17 he is taken on strength of 4th Reserve Bn. BW. He becomes Adjutant of 4th Res. Bn. 4.4.17 until 3.6.18 when he leaves. He then goes to Scottish Command H.Q. 'A' Branch from 4.6.18 until 3.11.18. He is then posted as a Staff Lt. 1st Class Scottish Command HQ.
    Looks like he was MID'ed 28.8.19 for Valuable service.
    The following courses were noted in his book-
    School of Instruction, London District Chelsea 21.1.18 until 9.2.18 Also 2nd Adjutants Gas Course, Northern Command School Otley 30.4.18 until 3.5.18.
    Hope this info was of some use to you.
    Regards

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