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Andrew Fulton
North Berwick/Nigg
The son of Robert Fulton, a quarryman, and his wife Elizabeth Ramage, Andrew Denholm Fulton was born in North Berwick in 1890.

On the 1901 census the family was living at 3 Forth Street in the town.

Andrew began as a greenkeeper on the West Links but, at the time of his marriage in Edinburgh on 2 January 1914 to Isabella Jack Gow, daughter of the head greenkeeper at the West Links, Alexander Gow, he was living in Haddington.

Sometime thereafter he was appointed by the Castle Craig Golf Club in Nigg on the Cromarty Firth, a course and club which closed following land requisition during the Second World War.

He joined the army in Invergordon and was assigned to the 13th Battalion, Royal Scots, (Lothian Regiment). From his army medical records which show him admitted to hospital with Pyrexia [Fever] of Unknown Origin (usually meaning Trench Fever, infection with Bartonella quintana from body lice) in October 1916, he must have enlisted around April 1916. The club, though, had advertised for a greenkeeper ‘ineligible for military service’ at the end of January.

He was killed in action on 22 August 1917 and is recorded on the Tyne Cot Memorial and on the Abbey Church War Memorial in North Berwick. It must have been agonizing for his family: he was first reported “wounded”, then “wounded and missing” before being classified as “killed in action”.

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