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Tracing a FWW Soldier

  1. To start your search you will need which Battalion the individual you are researching served with. Information may be known in the family, or there may be items at home such as medals or paperwork that can help you. 
  • If a soldier died during the First World War, this information is available through the Scottish National War Memorial or Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • If your relative survived the First World War, the personal service record should be your starting point.
  • We recommend you look up the service records of your relative, as this information is vital to ensure your research is accurate. We do not hold these records; details of how to access service records is below.
  • For a thorough and detailed history of the Regiment during the First World War, we recommend you read Wauchope's three volume bookA History of The Black Watch in the Great War. It is the most thorough and well-researched account of the War, set out Battalion by Battalion in great detail. If your local library does not have a copy, they can make it available through inter-library loan.
  • Having completed your own research, if you wish to make a research enquiry, you can do so online. However, we will ask that you have completed steps 1 and 2 before contacting us. In addition, please note that the records we hold are limited.

We wish you all the best of luck with your research!

Service Records

These records are not held by the relevant regiment, but in various other places.

For the First World War, these records are held at the National Archives at Kew. These records are now on-line at Ancestry. Ancestry is a subscrition service, but it is liekly your local library will have free access to the site.

Please note, the service records were bombed during the Second World War and only 40% have survived. We believe that the burned records are being digitised by Scotland's People.

Medal Rolls (and index cards extracted from the rolls) for this period are also useful and can be found on the Ancestry and National Archives websites.



  • The Black Watch, Eric & Andro Linklater.
  • The Highlands Furies, volume II by Victoria Schofield (due to be published 2015)

First World War

  • A History of The Black Watch in the Great War, ed. A G Wauchope.

Prisoners of War

The Red Cross website may offer details for those captured during the First World War.

Roll of Honour

The Roll of Honour for the First World War to 2006 is held at the Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle.

The City of Dundee Rolls of Honour are available online: First World War 

War Graves 

For the First World War, these can be found on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

First World War commemorations

Find out more about how the Castle & Museum is to commemorate the centenary of the First World War here.