WESTVILLE – A shield crafted by Koreans for members of the Black Watch battalion stationed there after the Korean War now adorns the Pictou County Military Museum in Westville.
The shield was formally presented on Monday to museum founder and president Vincent Joyce by three members of Nova Scotia’s chapter of the Black Watch Association of Canada.
“It was hand-made by Koreans who worked with the Black Watch in Korea,” said Lou MacNaughton who, with the chapter’s president Ken Langille and fellow member Les (Babe) Mason, attended the presentation.
MacNaughton described how the shield hung over the battalion’s orderly room in Korea from October 1953 to November 1954 during the battalion’s rotation following the armistice that ended the conflict.
“It was made before we got there, MacNaughton said. “We wanted a place to display it. It was no good in a person’s house.”
The Black Watch’s formal name is the Royal Highland Regiment of Canada, a reserve infantry regiment based in Montreal.
The shield was taken back to Canada and eventually given to the Nova Scotia chapter.
It’s only on loan to the local museum, he said. “Upon the death of the last member of the chapter, it will be returned to Montreal."
The shield has Black Watch inscribed on top and Royal Highland Regiment of Canada on the bottom.
Its circular motto in Latin translates as “Touch me not with impunity.”
The Black Watch is also the third battalion of the Royal regiment of Scotland.
The motto’s Gaelic translation is slight different: “No one provokes me with impunity.”...