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Adopt An Aftifact: Kilt of Captain W.D. MacLaren Stewart of Ardvorlich

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This Item for part of our Adopt an Artefact scheme and is not for Sale. Find out more about the scheme online here: http://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/adoptanartefact


This kilt still bears mud from Flanders, 1916.

The owner of this kilt was one of the many Black Watch men who lost their lives during the First World War. His kilt still bears mud from Flanders.

The kilt was recently conserved by Tuula Pardoe at the Scottish Conservation Studio. This work was made possible with the support of Museums Galleries Scotland.

Battle of the Somme, 1st Battalion attack on the Flers Line , September 1916
Within an hour of arrival the enemy made a determined bombing attack up the Flers front line. It drove in the ‘D’ Company bombing post, and turned down the communication trench in ‘C’ Company’s area.
Here, fortunately, the enemy encountered Captain Stewart sitting down to his breakfast. He was quite equal to the emergency. With Sergeant Barclay, they drove the enemy back with bombs. The few survivors escaped by the way they had come.
In a short time he had re-established ‘D’ Company’s front post. But in the moment of his success, Captain Stewart fell shot through the head. It is certain that but for the bravery and vigour he showed, the main attack later could not have been launched.
The loss of so popular an officer as Captain Stewart was keenly felt. He had served with distinction in the 2nd Battalion in 1915 until wounded. After a short period at Nigg he returned to France. Here he joined the 1st Battalion. He distinguished himself throughout the fighting on the Somme by his coolness and daring.

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