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PGA remembers fallen soldiers

09 Nov 18

World War 1 Story

The PGA is determined to commemorate every Member who died during the First World War through a special remembrance website.

‘Every One Remembered’ has been created by The Royal British Legion to ensure those who lost their lives can never be forgotten.

The website provides information about over one million service men and women, including details about where they were born, where they died and in some cases stories about their life.

Dr Philip Weaver (OBE), former chairman and now curator of heritage at The PGA, has been researching details for 105 past PGA Members.

“We are determined never to forget those Members who bravely fought for their country and sadly lost their lives during the Great war.

“Fellow PGA Members and non-PGA Members can visit this fantastic website and read some fascinating stories.”

Every Member who died during the First World War has a story to tell, but some are perhaps poignant and more tragic than others.

Robert Barr enlisted into the 15th Battalion Highland Light Infantry a week after Robert ‘Bertie’ McDougall, who was a fellow PGA Professional from the same Scottish town Bridge of Weir.

Barr was killed by shrapnel during the Battle of Ancre and on the same day a sniper’s bullet killed McDougall. They are both buried at the Munich Trench British Cemetery within four graves of each other.

James Milligan was a Member based at Wyoming Valley Country Club at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. After learning about the deaths of all three of his brothers during the war, Milligan returned home to his mother but after enlisting with the Highland Light Infantry, he too fell in action on April 11, 1917 during the Battle of Arras, leaving a mother left grieving all four sons.

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