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THE BLACK WATCH (R.H.R.) OF CANADA

 


Cap Badge, Shoulder Titles and Collar badges of the Black Watch of Canada
(Credit for photographs of the badges goes to Clifford Weirmeir, with his splendid website about the Irish regiment of Canada)


the Black Watch could also wear this Red Hackle
instead of the metal Cap Badge


Private E. Eastle of The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada wearing the Red hackle on his khaki bonnet,
at the grave of his brother, who was a member of The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry of Canada.
Ossendrecht, Netherlands, 26 October 1944.

 

Burial of 55 infantrymen of "A" Company, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada, Ossendrecht, Netherlands, 26 October 1944

 

Photograph 1: H/Captain Father B.W. Kenny officiating at the burial of 55 infantrymen of "A" Company, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada, Ossendrecht, Netherlands, 26 October 1944. Bell, Ken., Photographer

Photograph 2: Pipe Major Hector McDonald, Piper Duncan (Picket)W. MacDonald* and Piper Willie .J. Hannah at the burial of 55 infantrymen of "A" Company, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada, Ossendrecht, Netherlands, 26 October 1944.following the fighting at the Battle of Antwerp in October of 1944.

Photograph 3: Dutch civilians attending the burial of 55 infantrymen of "A" Company, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada, Ossendrecht, Netherlands, 26 October 1944.

 

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*BIOGRAPHY of Piper Duncan (Picket)W. MacDonald: World War II began and Duncan went overseas to serve his country. He enlisted as a foot soldier, but when it was discovered that he could play the bagpipes, Duncan was assigned to the band of the 1st Battalion of the Black Watch Regiment. While there, he had the honour of playing for the Queen Mother and, along with two other pipers (Hector MacDonald and Willie Hannah), the distinction of playing a lament at the burial of 55 members of the Black Watch following the fighting at the Battle of Antwerp in October of 1944.
Duncan returned to Canada five days before V-E Day and marched in the Victory Parade.

He continued his piping and belonged to the S.D.&G. Pipe Band and the Royal Canadian Legion Pipe Band. As a member of these bands, he took part in many parades held throughout the counties and with the S.D.& G., played at the Glengarry Highland Games. In addition, he piped for weddings, funerals, fairs and dancing competitions. Unfortunately, in the early sixties, he was forced to give up playing the pipes when he contracted emphysema.

Tartans worn by the Black Watch


Left: 42nd. tartan as worn by all Black Watch soldiers and the drummers of the Pipe band,
and Right: The Royal Stewart as worn by the Pipers


A Black Watch, 2CID Bren team at Holten, Holland, 08Apr1945.


Infantry of the Black Watch of Canada (Royal Highland Regiment) crossing the river Regge
south of Ommen, Netherlands, 10 April 1945.