William Thomson, born 1893, was from a family of golfers in North Berwick, brothers George, Archie and Robert were also professionals and his younger brother, James, was listed as a caddy living with William, his sisters and their mother at 42 Victoria Road, North Berwick in the 1911 census. Their father had died when they were young. At this time William was a clubmaker with James Watt.
He took up a post as professional and clubmaker in Slough (probably as an assistant to James Sherlock at Stoke Poges) but joined the Royal Scots in 1915 serving as a private with the 2nd Battalion. William Thomson was killed on 24 June 1917 and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.
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