Black Watch vet­eran sees ‘dis­re­spect­ful’ memo­rial changed

In­signia on mon­u­ment had been in­ac­cu­rate

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - DEREK HEALEY

A Dundee vet­eran has spo­ken of his re­lief fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful cam­paign to get a “dis­re­spect­ful” memo­rial changed.

For­mer Sergeant Ma­jor Char­lie Reid, who was with the Black Watch for 22 years, dis­cov­ered a memo­rial that ap­peared to show an in­ac­cu­rate in­signia for the reg­i­ment at the Na­tional Memo­rial Ar­bore­tum (NMA) in Bur­tonupon-trent.

Mr Reid de­scribed as a “kick in the teeth” the re­al­i­sa­tion the badge dis­played had sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences to the of­fi­cial Loyal Or­der Of the This­tle of Scot­land, known af­fec­tion­ately as “Jimmy”.

Fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tion be­tween the Reg­i­men­tal Head­quar­ters (RHQ) Scots and the Black Watch As­so­ci­a­tion, along with a cam­paign by Mr Reid, the in­signia has now been changed.

Mr Reid said he had re­ceived more than 100 mes­sages from out­raged veter­ans sup­port­ing his call for the memo­rial to be put right.

“We wrote to the veter­ans min­is­ter and ap­pealed to the NMA but didn’t feel like we were get­ting any fur­ther for­ward,” he said.

“It’s a mas­sive place and it has trib­utes and me­mo­ri­als to all sorts of reg­i­ments.

“Dundee is a Black Watch city and the his­tory means a lot to peo­ple here.

“All we want to do is pro­tect that his­tory be­cause chil­dren will look back in 100 years and not re­alise that th­ese things are wrong.”

While the pre­vi­ous sign did bear some sim­i­lar­i­ties to the of­fi­cial Loyal Or­der Of the This­tle of Scot­land, there were marked dif­fer­ences, in­clud­ing a dif­fer­ent over­all shape.

The em­blem pre­vi­ously used in the memo­rial gar­den seems to have been the same one used by the Com­mon­wealth War Graves Com­mis­sion but no fur­ther ex­pla­na­tion has been of­fered for the er­ror.

Peter Orgill, the head of op­er­a­tions at the NMA pre­vi­ously con­firmed the orig­i­nal memo­rial was “com­mis­sioned, de­signed, funded and built” by the Royal Reg­i­ment of Scot­land.

He said: “We’re glad that this is­sue has now been re­solved by the Royal Reg­i­ment of Scot­land to the sat­is­fac­tion of the Black Watch As­so­ci­a­tion.”

The mon­u­ment now bear­ing the cor­rect in­signia at the Na­tional Memo­rial Ar­bore­tum.

From left: Cam­paign­ers Lawrence Hutchi­son, Rab Wilkie, Char­lie Reid and Nor­man Ed­nie at The Black Watch mon­u­ment at Powrie Brae.

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