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    Pipe Major Herbert Mitchell, Black Watch

    I am looking for some information about Herbert Mitchell; he was born in Arbroath in 1896 and died there in 1958.
    The 7th April 1949 edition of the Dundee Evening Telegraph contains an article about this man whom it says has been working in the rice industry in Burma for the past 28 years and is now transferring to the same industry in British Guiana. It says also that he served as a piper in WW1 and became the youngest Pipe Major in the British Army, but then left and went to Burma in 1919.
    There is a photograph of the 4/5th Bn Black Watch in 1916 where he appears as a piper.
    Between 1916 and 1919 he was promoted to Sergeant (234076).
    Does anyone know when (year from-to) he was Pipe Major and which Battalion?
    According to the Long Long Trail website the 1/4th Bn Black Watch and the 1/5th Bn Black Watch amalgamated in March 1916 to form the 5/6th Bn Black Watch.
    Did some of the Companies in the Battalion have their own Pipe Band?
    Your help will be appreciated.
    Aad

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    Quote Originally Posted by aboode View Post
    Between 1916 and 1919 he was promoted to Sergeant (234076).
    Does anyone know when (year from-to) he was Pipe Major and which Battalion?
    His number was 769 before being renumbered 240076, not 234076.

    He served in the 5th initially, being a territorial and going out with the first group in November 1914.
    He did however also serve in the 9th Bn. So possibly a pipe major then?

    He can be seen in a pipers and drummers photo in the 7th of January 1917 Dundee Peoples Journal. It appears to be a combined 4th/5th band.

    Cheers,
    Derek.

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    Seems to be a mix up in the numbers here but they are so close to the one shown below.

    I am reading about the 9th Battalion just now but as yet have not came across any mention of Herbert.

    Here is the information from The NA

    Reference: WO 372/14/35768

    Description: Medal card of Mitchell, Herbert

    Corps Regiment No Rank

    Royal Highlanders 769 Private

    Royal Highlanders 243076 Serjeant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chalky View Post

    Royal Highlanders 243076 Serjeant
    That's just a transcription error. It's definitely 240076.

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