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Great War toll approaches three figures

29 Mar 18

World War 1 Story

Extensive research conducted by the Association’s former chairman, Dr Philip Weaver OBE, has found the number of PGA Professionals killed in action during World War I is approaching a century.

The total is now two shy of three figures which means that, with the number of PGA Professionals standing at 840 in 1913, the year before the conflict began, more than 10 per cent of the membership perished.

Meanwhile, the addition of number 95 to the roster of fatalities has fuelled Dr Weaver’s hopes of completing what has been a chilling and thought-provoking task.

“Number 95 proved to be Private James McKay Anderson, the PGA Professional at Lanark Golf Club in Scotland,” explained Dr Weaver, curator of PGA heritage.

“He joined the 1st Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) in January 1915 and was killed by a bomb dropped from an aircraft in August 1918 just three months before the war ended. He was 36-years-old.”

Dr Weaver noted that, as the pro at Lanark Golf Club in Scotland, Private Anderson was a predecessor of the Association’s current chairman, Alan White.

“I emailed Alan with the details of Private Anderson’s fate,” Dr Weaver added. “He in turn informed his members and the response was remarkable.

“He received half-a-dozen emails about the sad story – one even suggested erecting a memorial to honour Private Anderson.

“Obviously no-one remembers Private Anderson there but the thought occurs to me members at other clubs which lost PGA Professionals in the conflict (see below) might like to know some additional details.

“There is also a chance that, once informed, they may be able to shed some light on what happened to their former pros or even tell us about ones that perished we don’t know about.

“We have details of 78 clubs still in existence that lost pros and I’d be grateful if their successors followed what Alan did and let their members know.”

*Dr Weaver can be contacted by emailing

The Fallen and their last club before enlistment.


Lemuel Ace, Langlands Bay

James Ackerley, Gatley

Henry Balfour, Moray

Robert Barr, Ranfurly Castle

Alfred Bonner, Bulwell Forest

Francis Booth, Lees Hall

Donald Bremner, Rothesay

James Brownlow, Lindrick

Richard Burgess, Bramhall

James Burns, Falkirk Tryst

Harold Cadwell, Buxton & High Peak

Jack Cawkwell, Birstall

John Champion, Dulwich & Sydenham Hill

Albert Le Chevalier, Romily

Albert Cottrell, Bradford

Henry Cottrell, Ulverston

William Cottrell, Otley

William Dayman, Walsall

John Edwards, Sandwell Park

John Egleshaw, Southwell

Robert Finch, Chelmsford

Ernest Firstbrook, West Cornwall

Charles Fraser, Forres

Peter Ward Gordon, Malone

Alexander Grant, North Berwick

David Grant Jnr, North Berwick

Arthur Gray, Colchester

Alexander Guthrie, Broadstone

Charles Harris, Shanklin & Sandown

Alfred Hayles, Rotherham

John Higgins, Walsall

James Hood, Muskerry

George Horn, Knowle

Sydney Jackson, Walmley

Philip Jefferson, Berwick-on-Tweed

Walter Jex, Mundersley

Jack Johns, Ashford Manor

Andrew King, Royal Worlington & Newmarket

James Kinell, Purley Downs

Ernest Lewis, Aberystwyth

Charles Lord, Worsley

Douglas Mabitt, Radyr

William McDonald, Duff House Royal

Peter MascKenzie, Gullane

Clarence Maud, Horsforth

Walter Mayo, Burhill

Alexander McDonald, Bolton

Robert McDougal, Old Course Ranfurly

William McGowan, Radcliffe-on-Trent

Christopher McGowran, Grange Park

Roy McInnes, Fulwell

Christopher McIntosh, Preston

Albert Mitchell, Nevill

Michael Moran, Seaham Harbour

James Morris, Castletown

Frederick Newton, Warwick

Frederick Osey, Burghley Park

Matthew Owen, Tynemouth

Charles Richards, Stourbridge

Charles Roberts, Woolton

John Shadbolt, Axe Cliff

Arthur Shaw, Lees Half

Edward Shedden, Ralston

Henry Shutt, Royal North Devon

Andrew Simpson, Carnoustie

George Skevington, Wakefield

Albert Snowball, Criccieth

William Stephenson, Newark

John Thomas, Wrexham

James Thompson, North Berwick

William Thomson, Stoke Park

Henry Thompson, Tadmarton Heath

Charles Trineman, Axe Cliff

James Tunley, Robin Hood

David Watt, Mortonhall

Ernest Williams, Royal Porthcawl

Herbert Woodbine, Stinchcombe Hill





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