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    Loos, 25 September 1915

    The 9th Royal Highlanders were positioned on the right of the 15th Division. The Battalion's main objectives were the German front and second lines, Loos village and Hill 70.

    The infantry advance began at 06.30 but was immediately subjected to heavy fire from the Lens Road Redoubt - the 'Jew's Nose'.
    The Battalion 'History' recalls that 'there was no shouting or hurry; the men moved in quick time, picking up their "dressing" as if on a ceremonial parade'. Major-General Sir John Burnett-Stuart described the advance of the 9th Black Watch on the German first line as the finest sight he had ever seen.

    Within five minutes the Battalion had captured the German front and support lines - crossing a distance varing from 80 to 200 yards.
    In this short period of time three of the four company commanders and all four C.S.M.s had been killed. Burial parties sent out on the 30 September estimated that in addition, around 100 other ranks had fallen before the first German trench.

    Despite these heavy casualties, the surviors fought through Loos and established a position on the eastern side of Hill 70 - in all capturing four lines of German trenches.

    Orders were given for the relief of the 44th Brigade at midnight and the Battalion was withdrawn in the early hours of 26 September.
    It was said that of the 940 men who went into action only 98 returned to Philosophe that morning, with 360 O.R. killed or missing and over 300 wounded.

    On visiting the battlefield a few days later Brigadier-General H. F. Thuillier recorded that 'in front of the remains of that work known as the 'Lens Road Redoubt' (Jew's Nose), the dead Highlanders, in Black Watch tartan, lay very thick. In one place about 40 yards square, on the very crest of the ridge, and just in front of the enemy's wire, they were so close that it was difficult to step between them ... As I looked on the smashed and riven ground, ... I was amazed when I thought of the unconquerable, irresistible spirit which those newly raised units of the 'New Armies' must possess to enable them to contiue their advance after sustaining such losses'.

    Lieut.-Col. Thomas Owen Lloyd addressed the remnants of his battalion shortly after the action.

    'When, just about a year ago, we were first formed into a battalion, we hoped to be able, by our conduct, to prove ourselves at any rate worthy descendants of our two great parent battalions, the 42nd and the 73rd. And now, whenever you look back on Saturday, the 25th September 1915, you will do so with conscious pride, that not only have you proved yourselves trustworthy, and upheld those great traditions, but that on the very first day the 9th Battalion went into action they themselves wrote a fresh and glorious page in the history of the regiment; and what more could man desire'.

    In total 233 O.R. and 9 officers of the Battalion were killed at Loos.




    <span style="color: #0000BF">3-3808 Sergt. William Hector WHITE, 9th Royal Highlanders.

    Born St. Giles, Edinburgh. Enlisted Perth, 11 September 1914, aged 35. Posted, 12 September 1914.. Disembarked, France, 14 July 1915. Killed in action, Loos, 25 September 1915, aged 33. Buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, Pas de Calais, France, IV. G. 5. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Hector White, York Place, Perth, and husband of Margaret Houston White, Orchard Flat, Auchtermuchty, Fifeshire.

    SERGEANT KILLED.

    Official information has been received of the death in action of another Perth man. He is Sergeant William H. White, 9th Black Watch, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Hector White, Brighton Villa, York Place, Perth. Sergeant White, who was 33 years of age, was brought up in Perth Barracks, where his father acted as colour-sergeant of the 42nd. Deceased who was well known in Perth, was married, and his wife and three of a family reside at Auchtermuchty. He enlisted in Kitchener’s Army at the outbreak of hostilities. <span style="font-style: italic">The Dundee Advertiser, Friday, 5 November 1915, 9.

    Sergeant W. White, 9th Black Watch, Auchtermuchty, killed in November 1915. He carried on a plumber’s business in Auchtermuchty for a number of years. Sergeant White left a widow and three children. <span style="font-style: italic">Fife News Almanac, 1916.




    <span style="color: #0000BF">S-5313 Cpl. William Millar JACK, 9th Royal Highlanders.

    Killed in action, Loos, 25 September 1915, aged 35. Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, Pas de Calais, France, IV. G. 2. Son of William and Janet Jack, Cotton, Guthrie, Forfarshire.

    CPL. WM. JACK, BLACK WATCH.

    CORPORAL WILLIAM JACK, 9th Black Watch, thirty-five years of age, was the youngest son of William Jack, Milldens, Guthrie. He was employed with his brother, John Jack, licensed grocer, Arbroath, till August 1914, when he enlisted in the 9th Black Watch. Corporal Jack went to France in July, and was killed at the battle of Loos on the 25th September 1915. He had just got over the parapet when a bullet struck him in the forehead, and he died instantaneously. <span style="font-style: italic">Roll of Honour, Arbroath and District, 1914 – 1919, 38.




    <span style="color: #0000BF">S-6631 L.-Cpl. James Davidson SMITH, 9th Royal Highlanders.

    Born Arbroath, Forfarshire. Enlisted Edinburgh. Killed in action, Loos, 25 September 1915, aged 28. Loos Memorial, France Panel, 78–83. Son of Jean C. Smith, Lochshade Cottage, Viewfield Road, Arbroath, and the late Alexander Smith.

    ARBROATH LANCE-CORPORAL FALLS.

    Information was received in Arbroath yesterday that Lance-Corporal James D. Smith, son of the late Mr. Alexander Smith, solicitor, and of Mrs. Smith, Viewfield Road, fell in the recent great advance.
    Lance-Corporal Smith was in the 9th Black Watch, and belonged to the hand grenade section. He was 28 years of age, and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Clark &amp; Oliver, S.S.C., Arbroath. He left Arbroath some six or seven years ago for Edinburgh to pursue his law studies. The Lance-Corporal was a tall, handsome fellow, and when in Arbroath he was a well-known figure on the cricket, football and hockey fields. <span style="font-style: italic">The Dundee Advertiser, Wednesday, 20 October 1915, 9.

    L.-CPL SMITH, BLACK WATCH

    LANCE-CORPORAL JAMES D. SMITH, 9th Black Watch, was the son of Alexnder Smith, solicitor, Lochshade Cottage, Arbroath. He was twenty-eight years of age, and had served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Clark and Oliver, S.S.C. Later he was law clerk with Messrs. Fraser, Stoddart and Ballingall, Edinburgh. He was a good all-round athlete, and prominent in the cricket, football, and hockey fields. Lance-Corporal Smith joined the army in October 1914 as a private, and was attached to the hand grenade section of his battalion. He was killed in action at the battle of Loos on the 25th September 1915. <span style="font-style: italic">Roll of Honour, Arbroath and District, 1914 – 1919, 37.




    <span style="color: #0000BF">S-4421 Pte. Samuel Patrick HASTIE, 9th Royal Highlanders.

    Born Rathillet, Fifeshire. Enlisted Alloa, Clackmannanshire, 5 September 1914, aged 21. Disembarked, France, 14 July 1915. Killed in action, Loos, 25 September 1915, aged 22. Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 78–83. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hastie, Drumdreel, Strathmiglo, Fifeshire.

    FALKLAND SOLDIER.

    Private Samuel Hastie, Seefar, Falkland, of the 9th Black Watch, who has fallen in action. Prior to enlisting he was employed as a gardener at Alloa. <span style="font-style: italic">The Dundee Advertiser, Wednesday, 27 October 1915, 3.

    THE LATE PRIVATE SAM HASTIE, FALKLAND,

    9th Black Watch, was killed in the severe fighting on the western front in October 1915. Private Hastie who was 22 years of age, was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hastie, late of Ballo, and now residing at Seefar, Falkland. Prior to enlistment he followed the occupation of a gardener at Norwood, Alloa. <span style="font-style: italic">Fife News Almanac, 1916.




    <span style="color: #0000BF">3-2604 Pte. Thomas Stewart FRANCE, 9th Royal Highlanders.

    Born 23 High Street, Haddington, 29 July 1895. Enlisted Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire. Disembarked, France, 14 July 1915. Killed in action, Loos, 25 September 1915, aged 20. Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 78–83. Son of Jane France.

    BRIDGETON HERO FALLS.

    On Monday morning Mrs Gibson, 32 Bridgeton, Kirkcaldy, received a letter from a chaplain at the front conveying the sad news that her son, Private Thomas France, 9th Black Watch, was killed in action on the fatal 25th September. The chaplain wrote:
    Dear Madam, – In all probability you have already received an official intimation that your son, Private T. France, 9th Black Watch, was killed in action on September 25th. I have seen his body, and we buried him on the battlefield just where he fell. He was a bright boy, and a general favourite with the men of his company. We all miss him very much, and are proud to have known him. I fear your sorrow must be very great, but I hope that when time has helped to wear away a little of the sharp edge of your grief you may be better able to realise what a proud and happy woman you are to have been the mother of so heroic a son. May God bless you and give you strength and courage to bear your grief. Yours sincerely, H. Y. Collins, Chaplain.
    Private France enlisted a week before war was declared, leaving Kirkcaldy Pottery to enlist, and attained his 19th birthday the day after he enlisted. He went to the front in July. <span style="font-style: italic">The Fifeshire Advertiser, Saturday, 30 October 1915, 2.




    <span style="color: #0000BF">S-6325 L.-Cpl. Arthur WHITE, 9th Royal Highlanders.

    Born Dundee. Enlisted Dundee, 26 October 1914, aged 29 years 105 days. Killed in action, Loos, 25 September 1915. Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 78–83.

    DUNDEE.

    L.-Cpl. Arthur White, 9th Black Watch, 17 Watson Street. He was 37 years of age, and previous to enlistment was employed as a dock labourer. <span style="font-style: italic">The Scotsman, Wednesday, 10 November 1915.



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    Derek, these last 3 post of yours they are excellent, guess we could be in for some engaging history lessons,
    keep them coming, well done

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    it's good to see faces put to the names....
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    cheers, pat.
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    Very interesting Pat.

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    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn, At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

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    Well done Derek, keep them coming
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    Great looking at the names,just shows that we were a family regiment as these names are all familiar in the regiment today

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    Derek, Thanks for the info on this section of the website . I too am interested in the 8th (Service ) Bn The Black Watch as my namesake Uncle, Lieut Patrick W Anderson along with a colleague, Lt William S Robertson MC in the St Andrews University Officer Training Corps was commissioned 2nd Lieutenants into the 8th (Service ) Bn Black Watch on 1 Sept 1914 . Both went to serve with that Battalion at Aldershot and joining them was Capt The Hon Fergus Bowes- Lyon from Glamis castle . 2nd Lieuts PW Anderson ( from Arbroath) and W S Robertson ( Broughty Ferry) were appointed Lieutenants in the 10th (Service ) Bn Black Watch on 1 March 1915 . Lieut William Stewart Robertson MC 10 BW attached 4/5Bn BW was killed in action in France (1916 ) and Lieut Patrick Wright Anderson , 18 Sqn RAF died of his serious wounds at Arbroath infirmary on 2 Nov 1921 (death due to wounds received in action on 27 June 1918 whilst flying as Observer in DH4 ). The elder brother of Lt WS Robertson MC was killed in action in France in 1917 with the Black Watch having come through the ranks of the Argylls . He., "2nd Lt James Whittingham Robertson had not been commissioned from the OTC as he was in training to be a Church of Scotland minister . All three of these named are listed on the St Andrews University OTC roll of honours for the Great War in City Road St Andrews Fife.

    I was alson interested in the casualty shown above : Lance Cpl James D Smith , 9th Black Watch as his parents headstone lists him on it in the Western Cemetery at Arbroath. L/ Cpl Smith did his legal apprenticeship in the Arbroath firm of Clark Oliver Dewar &amp; Webster SSC &amp; NP (now part of Thorntons ). The late Adam Oliver, the father of the late Brigadier James A Oliver ( Black Watch of WW2 ) would have known Cpl Smith well as he was one of the senior partners of that firm in Arbroath during that time . L/cpl Smith's father was solicitor too but I have not found out what firm he worked for in the town .

    The name of L/Cpl James D Smith , Black Watch is not mentioned in the book on Clark Oliver Dewar &amp; Webster from the 1800s to the late 20th Century . A number of years ago I brought it to the attention of the historian in the firm. I seem to recall that the book records the Military Medal Award to William Wilkie who was either in the Black Watch or Fife &amp; Forfars and got his award at the Battle of Cambrai in a tank . I remember him wearing his Black Watch tartan kilt as a waist coat in the office when I was a wee boy in the town .

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