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Robert Herd
St Andrews/Carlsbad
There were at least three professional golfers from St Andrews with this name, the Open Champion Sandy Herd's brother and also his son, a fine amateur who turned professional in 1913 to help his father. This Robert is of different stock, the son of John Herd and Barbara McIntyre in South Street.

He was appointed professional to the then new, and now defunct, Glenfarg club in Perthshire in April 1907. In April of the following year he took up a position at the fashionable resort of Carlsbad (now Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic). He had to return, seriously ill, to St Andrews in 1909, possibly the first onset of tuberculosis, and was listed as a professional golfer in the family home, his father now dead and his mother the head of household, in the census of 1911.

Jackson places him at the Bournemouth Golf School in 1912 (which I have yet to verify) but he enlisted with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and served with the 11th battalion in France. He was invalided home with tuberculosis in February 1916 and died from that disease in St Andrews on 25 April 1917. His grave in St Andrews' Eastern Cemetery was only designated a Commonwealth War Graves Commission one in December 2016.

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