War Memorial

War memorial Carnoustie G C 2

The war memorial plaque in the Carnoustie Golf Club lounge lists the members of the club who gave their lives in the two world wars.

The unveiling ceremony was performed by Col. A. J. Campbell, Barry, in presence of a large gathering of members of the Club and representatives of sister clubs. The company, on filing into the Clubroom, were preceded by Piper James Myles, of the Black Watch, who played “The Flowers o’ the Forest”.

The Club Secretary, Mr George Davidson, read the inscription on the memorial and the names of the fallen, which are as follows:- James Alexander, Richard Bell, David Black, Walter Burnett, John Cable, James L. Carnegie, Robert Clark, Gordon Falconer, David Fearn, George Hall, Alexander Hebenton, Sidney Lamb,
Valentine Scroggie, Andrew Simpson, Kenneth Simpson, Bert Snowball, James Wilson and William Yeaman.

Colonel Campbell, in unveiling the memorial, said the eighteen whose memory they were met to honour were amongst the flower of Carnoustie youth. They were all agreed that the war was a righteous war, and their youth rallied round the cause of righteousness and of liberty. Their eighteen comrades gave their lives for them, and they could not think too highly of their memories that day.

After prayer Piper Myles played “Lochaber no More” and Bugler George Whyte sounded “The Last Post”.

187 members of the Club served in the war.


1914 – 1918

James Alexander


 Richard Bell


David Black

Place of birth: Carnoustie
Rank: Sergeant
Service No: S/2766
Regiment – 8th Gordon Highlanders Enlisted in Aberdeen
Died aged 42 of Wounds on 06-Aug-15.
Buried in Barry Parish Churchyard, Angus U. K.
Row B Grave 109


Walter Stewart Burnett

Place of birth: Dundee
Rank: Sergeant
Service No: 410131
Date of Death: 29/09/1919            Age: 29
Regiment –  Royal Engineers 201st Prisoner of War Coy.
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetry
Grave Reference: LXX. A. 4

Additional Information:
Son of Robert Burnett and Jemima Burnett, of Ashintully,  Kirkmichael, Perthshire.


John Cable

Rank: Able Seaman Service No: Clyde Z/4211
Service –  Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Anson Bn. R.N. Div.
Date of Death: 08/01/1917           Age: 28
Grave Reference: XXI. A. 11.
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetry

Additional Information:
Son of David and Isabella Cable (nee Morrison), of 85, North St., Forfar.

James L. Carnegie

Rank: Pte
Service No:
Date of Death: 25/09/1915     Age: 22
Buried in Loos Cemetery, France

Additional information : Son of John and Catherine Carnegie, The Nook, Barry

Robert Clark


Gordon Falconer


David Fearn

Regiment – 8th Bn Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Rank: Private
Service No: 7326
Date of Death: 09/08/1915.   Flanders   Age: 19
Grave Reference: I. B. 6.

Additional Information:
Son of John S. and Mary Fearn, of Plans of Thornton, Forfarshire.
David Fearn was a golf club maker in Carnoustie before volunteering for the army.


George Hall

Alexander MacKenzie Hebenton

Place of birth: Kirriemuir Forfarshire
Service – R. A. S. C. No. 1. Lines of Communication Supply Coy.
Rank: Private Service No: S4/128145
Date of Death: 30/07/1917. Mesopotamia.
Grave Reference: IV. D. 4.


Sydney Alexander Lamb

Place of birth: Carnoustie
Regiment – 4th Bn Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 4954
Rank: Pte Date of Death: 21/09/1916   Age: 23
Grave Reference: E. 27.

Additional Information: Son of Alexander and Sarah Lamb, of 2, Glenogil Terrace, Carnoustie, Forfarshire. Native of Strathblane, Glasgow.


Valentine Scroggie

Regiment:  1st Bn Gloucestershire Regiment . attd. 1st/5th Bn. Black Watch
Rank:  Second Lieutenant
Awards:  M C
Date of Death:  4th November 1918    Age: 26
Grave Reference: A. 59. Cemetery: LANDRECIES BRITISH CEMETERY

Additional Information: Son of Edward and Isabella Campbell Scroggie, of Carnoustie, Forfarshire


Andrew Simpson


Kenneth Simpson


Bert Snowball

Bertie Snowball - Centre of back row.

Bertie Snowball – Centre of back row.

Enlisted:  Broughty-Ferry, Forfarshire
Regiment:   5th Bn Black Watch (Royal Highlanders).
Rank:  Corporal
Service No: 2310
Date of Death: 09/05/1915  aged 27
Grave Reference: F. 11.

Born 7 May 1887 in Baildon in Yorkshire to James (a farm bailiff) and Elisabeth (Hannah Sotheran) Snowball who had seven children at the time of the 1891 census (4 girls, 3 boys).During his career he would be professional at Scarborough Town, Royal Portrush, Portmarnock (1906-1909?), Bradford and Criccieth and was at some time a private tutor to Lord Londesborough of Blackney.
Snowball may have had some connection with Carnoustie, marrying a local girl and settled there before the war. His name appears on the war memorial and is believed to have assisted the famous clubmaker, Robert Simpson. While at Portmarnock, golf clubs were sold with the Bertie Snowball stamp.

Bertie qualified for the British Open Championship in 1906 and 1908 while he was resident professional at Portmarnock.
Bertie was also runner-up to James Edmunson in the first two Irish Professional Championships (1907 and 1908).

James Wilson


William Yeaman

Regiment:  1st Cameron Highlanders
Rank:  Corporal
Killed:  03/09/1916.  Somme
Buried:  Thepval cemetery, France


1939 – 1945

William Boyle

Son of David and Agnes Boyle of Carnoustie, Angus

Regiment:  Royal Army Service Corps.
Rank:  Corporal.
Killed:  23rd May 1940.
Buried:  Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetry.

David Cochar Ferguson Ford

Son of George and Mary Ford of Carnoustie, Angus.

Service:  Merchant Navy. M.V. Kars (London)
Rank:  Second Engineer Officer.
Killed:  22nd February 1942. Age 34.
Memorial:  Tower Hill Memorial.

Gilbert Stewart Hosie

Son of Stewart and AnnHosie of Carnoustie, Angus.

Service:  Royal Navy. H.M.S. Whitshead
Rank:  Ordinary Seaman.
Killed: 17 July 1941. Age 25.
Buried:  Shotley Royal Navy Cemetry.

John Robertson Craig McCrow

Son of James Smith McCrow and Hilda Robertson McCrow of Carnoustie, Angus.

Regiment:  Federated Malaya States Volunteer Force.
Rank:  Sergeant.
Killed:  29th August 1943.
Buried:  Kanchanaburi War Cemetry.

David Duncan Nicholl

Regiment:  1st Battalion Fife & Forfarshire Yeomanry. Attached to Royal Armour Corps.
Rank:  Captain
Killed:  22/11/1944 (aged 38).  In an operation to take the village of Meerzenhausen, Germany.
Buried: Reichwald Forest War Cemetery.

Father of current club member D. K. Nicholl

Bruce Dalziel Milliken Rae

Son of Steven M. and Agnes D. M. Rae of Broughty Ferry, Angus.

Regiment:  1st Batallion Gordon Highlanders.
Rank:  Major
Killed:  10th May 1946. Age 24
Buried:  Celle War Cemetry.


Donald Jack  Reid

Son of James and Annie Stewart Duncan Reid of Carnoustie, Angus

Regiment:  The Parachute Regiment. A.A.C. 2nd Bn.
Rank:  Private
Killed:  9th October 1942 Age 27.
Buried:  Barry Parish Churchyard.

Frederick Mortimer. Ritchie

Regiment:  Royal Navy. HMS Barham
Rank:  Engine Rpoom Artificer 5th Class
Killed:  25th November 1941.
Memorial:  Portsmouth Naval Memorial .

Ian Boyd Runciman

Regiment:  Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Rank:  Flight sergeant – Air Bomber
Killed:  4th November 1944.
Buried:  Rheinberg War Cemetry.

Arthur Randoph Simpson

Son of Arthur and Amelia Mary Simpson of Carnoustie, Angus

Regiment:  Royal Artillery. 440 Bty. 127 Lt. A. A. Regt (4th Bn. The Queens Royal Regt. (West Surrey)).
Rank:  Gunner.
Killed:  12th June 1944. Age 30.
Memorial:  Bayeux Memorial.

Allan John Taylor

Son of John Alan and Maggie Hamilton Taylor, of Carnoustie, Angus. Dux of his school at Carnoustie.

Regiment:   Cameron Highlanders.
Rank:  Private
Killed:  11th September 1944.
Buried:  St. Desir War Cemetry.

Alexander Tindall

Regiment:  Army Catering Corps.
Rank:  Corporal
Killed:  21 December 1944. Age 30
Memorial:  Brockwood Memorial.

James Armstrong Wright

Son of James and Mary Ann Wright (nee Buick) of Carnoustie, Angus. Husband of Olivia Wright (nee De Marco), of Carnoustie, Angus. Chartered Accountant.

Regiment:  Black Watch (5th Bn. Royal Highlanders).
Rank:  Major – Awarded M. C.
Killed:  27th November 1944. Age 33
Buried:  Schoonselhof Cemetry.