John Black

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 2947
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 4th Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death:
  • Date of Death: 09/05/1915
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panels 24 to 26.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 7 Watson's Lane, Dundee
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:

    Grandmother- Sarah Sleath, 7 Watsons Lane, Dundee

  • Father:
  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about John Black

John has no known grave but is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial.

2947 Pte. John Black, 4th Black Watch had only been in the trenches a matter of hours when he met his death on 9th May 1915, aged only 19. An account of his death appeared in ‘The Courier’ on 28 May 1915.

DUNDEE 4TH BLACK WATCH HERO’S DEATH. Private James [sic] Black, of the 4th Black Watch, died in action under sad circumstances. He was only five hours in the trenches when he was killed.
His sister, who resides at 7 Watson’s Lane, Dundee, was first notified of his death about a week ago, when Private Digman, writing to his relatives, stated that Private Black was killed beside him, while a lance-corporal in a letter to his wife said that deceased had been in the trenches only five hours when he was wounded. The lance-corporal stepped forward to bandage him, but Private Black bravely said – “Never mind me. Keep them for some other body. I am gone.” He died a few minutes afterwards.
Private Black’s death was yesterday confirmed by Captain C. M. Couper, who writes: – “It is my sad duty to inform you that your brother, Private J. Black, was killed in action on 9th May. May I offer you my deepest sympathy in your sad bereavement? He had a very short experience out here, but he died doing his duty.”
Nineteen years of age, Private Black enlisted in the 2/4th Black Watch shortly after the New Year, and was included in the second draft to reinforce the 1st Battalion, leaving Dundee on 27th April. The Courier, Friday, 28 May 1915, 6.

Can you tell us more about John Black'? Some additional facts, a small story handed down through the family or perhaps a picture or an heirloom you can share online. Contact our curator...

THANK YOU for your interest in helping the Great War Dundee project. Please complete the short form below and a curator will contact you in the next few days.

    I am writing to: