Bridge of Allan Golf Club was pleased to welcome descendants of Lt. Col. Harold Thompson DSO, Croix de Guerre, Royal Scots Fusiliers, on 22nd April 2017, the 100th anniversary of his death at the 2nd Battle of Gaza.
Harold Thompson was one of four members of the Club who died fighting for their country during the Great War of 1914 – 18.
The Club dedicated a competition to his memory ‘’The Harold Thompson Centenary Medal’’, when members were able to read a tribute to him on the ‘touchscreen’ competition entry system.
Simon and Iona Murray, great grandchildren of Harold Thompson, together with Simon’s wife and children, 5 year old twins Archie and Matilda, had travelled from England and Ireland to Bridge of Allan as their personal act of remembrance.
Following a memorial service at St.Saviour’s Church, when Simon provided a moving tribute to the heroism of his great grandfather, the family visited the Club to view the Roll of Honour displayed in the clubhouse. They examined the Pullar Cup, which had been presented to the Club by Harold’s uncle, Edmund Pullar, in 1914 and is still played for today. In addition they were presented with a commemorative folder containing articles and pictures of Harold Thompson which had been assembled by a Past President of the Club, Stewart Cameron.
Their visit to the club concluded with a walk up to the Millenium Cairn viewpoint at the 3rd tee from where they were able to see the course and enjoy the magnificent views, largely unchanged from the days that Harold Thompson had been a member.
Despite the Club Captain having the low score of the day the President’s Team won by 1 point!