Hello, I’m researching my grandfather and great uncle both who were in the Black Watch. My grandfather would say they were in the 4th/6th bn. My grandfather was a marksman . Their details are; Pte James Gordon - would have gone by Jim Black Watch 793912 Captured and taken on June 12th at St Valerie. Taken to Stalag XXA PoW number 17351 Pte John M Gordon Black Watch 793509 Captured and take on June 12th at St Valerie Taken to Stalag XXA PoW number 17355 Whilst marching through France they were amount a group along with Albert Mudie, Black Watch who was shot and killed on 13th May 1940. He was the first man they lost. Over the next month they lost many more. With them was a Gordon Highlander , a big man who was a gentle giant, We are unsure of his name but they joked that he was cowardice or course as this was the opposite of his name. This has led us to believe he was either a Kindness or a Courage. I have tracked down a James Milne Courage - 2869551 of the Gordon Highlanders who was killed on 11th of June 1940 near St Valerie, this ties in with the story my Grandfather told. He and John had just been relieved of Guard duty by the big man and were walking back to their sleeping area when they were came upon by Tanks. There followed shooting and when they turned back to the guard spot they found the Gordon Highlander dead. He had been shot in the head. He spoke of how unpleasant it was to see but that had he not relieved them of duty then he and John would not have returned from War. After they were captured they were marched , and put on trains till they reached Stalag XXA. Out of boredom he sharpened a piece of metal and was then tasked with slicing the bread between 6 men. He hated doing this as everyone was so hungry and it was tricky to get the portions exact with such terrible conditions. He don’t not speak much of his time there expect that he was able to go with a work camp to work on a farm which he enjoyed as this was his job prior to the war. He was able to ride horses and work the fields. They received better food there too. As winter approached John was picked to go work at the docks unloading ships at Danzig. My grandfather took Johns place knowing that it would be unpleasant. Unfortunately John ended up at the docks anyway. There they unloaded sugar beet and such things. One day a pile of wood collapsed near to where they were working John would have been crushed had an old German man not pushed him out the way. They had nothing with them but managed to get the old man a bar of soap as a way on thanking him. A few days later the man approached them to thank them and to say that his grandchildren now smelt wonderful. We are not sure what camp they were moved to after Stalag XXA was closed. They spoke of it not always being so terrible and being able to play sport and joke with their fellow soldiers. My grandfather met Harry Nicholls whilst in a camp , my grandfather was a very good artist and Harry would often sit with him and talk about his drawings. My Grandfather always thought that Harry was from London as he had never left Scotland and had no idea that Harry’s accent was not a Londoners. At the end of the war they were marched through to another camp in Germany.it was a treacherous journey. By this point my grandfather had swapped everything except his overcoat which he knew he would need as it would keep him warm and dry. He was wearing a tattered old french uniform and boots that flapped when Americans liberated them. An American soldier approached my grandfather and began talking to him in french at which point my grandfather claimed he was a Scot !!! Both men returned from the War. My grandfather was then sent to Egypt. He returned home from war and met and married my Grandmother and they began their family in Dundee. My grandfather is the man on the right and John is sitting. We do not know who the man on the left is. My grandfather on the left and John on the right. Pictures taken whilst in PoW camps My grandfather in Egypt after the war My grandfather , holding my dad and my granny with my Auntie and Uncle.