Royal approval for memorial plaques + SLIDESHOW

TWO CARNOUSTIE First World War heroes were honoured on Tuesday at a ceremony attended by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal.

The event, organised by the Carnoustie branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, saw two plaques unveiled at the town’s War Memorial for Victoria Cross winners Corporal Charles Jarvis and Petty Officer George Samson.

Brooke Ramsay and her sister Amy presenting the Princess Royal with flowers as sh left Carnoustie War Memorial.

Brooke Ramsay and her sister Amy presenting the Princess Royal with flowers as sh left Carnoustie War Memorial.

The plaques had been placed in Jarvis Place and Samson Place but were removed to be cleaned and it was then decided to install them in the High Street memorial.

At around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, the grey rainy skies cleared as Princess Anne arrived in the town and she was greeted by a crowd that had gathered on the High Street.

She was shown to the memorial by Lieutenant Colonel Mike Blair, president of the Carnoustie branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland.

Presiding padre Rev. Canon Douglas Mackay then welcomed everybody to the service and Colonel Blair read the Kohima Epitaph.

Canon Mackay then gave a reading before the Princess unveiled the plaques in an act of rededication.

Chairman of the Carnoustie branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland Lindsay Martin then read ‘Lest We Forget’ and Colette Colman of the Carnoustie High School band played the ‘Last Post’.

Two minutes’ silence were observed before piper Stephen Russell of the Arbroath Royal British Legion Pipe Band played the Lament and Reveille.

A blessing and the National Anthem followed.

Music was then provided by the Carnoustie High School band and the Princess took the time to speak to the families of both Corporal Jarvis and Petty Officer Samson.

She was also introduced to members of the Carnoustie Royal British Legion, including the standard bearers, and members of the local clergy.

The biggest cheer of the day came after local girls Brooke and Amy Ramsay presented Princess Anne with a bouquet of flowers just before she left.

The honour has come in a special year for cerebral palsy suffer Brooke, whose parents Laura and Stewart undertook a huge fund-raising campaign so their daughter could have surgery to help her walk.

And both Brooke and her twin sister, Amy, were delighted to have been chosen to present the flowers to Her Royal Highness.

Corporal Jarvis (33), 57th Field Company, Royal Engineers, was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at the Battle of Mons in August, 1914, when he demolished a bridge while under heavy German fire for an hour and half.

Petty Officer George McKenzie Samson (26), Royal Naval Reserve, won his Victoria Cross after rescuing and treating dozens of his comrades aboard HMS Clyde during the disastrous amphibious assault at V Beach in Gallipoli on April 25, 1915.