VC recipients’ relatives sought

THE SEARCH is on for the descendents of Carnoustie’s two First World War heroes.

The Carnoustie branch of the Royal British Legion is looking to trace the relatives of Victoria Cross winners Lance Corporal Charles Alfred Jarvis VC, Royal Engineers, and Petty Officer George Mackenzie Samson VC of the Royal Naval Reserve.

Kirsty MacDonald, poppy convener for the Carnoustie branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland said: “We are interested in contacting any living relatives of the two men.

“Anyone descended either from Lance Corporal Jarvis or Petty Officer Samson should get in contact with us through the branch secretary Norman Fox.”

Anyone this applies to should call the Carnoustie branch on 01241 854940 and leave their contact details.

Plaques commemorating the actions of Lance Corporal Jarvis and Petty Officer Samson were refurbished and moved to the Carnoustie War Memorial at the beginning of the year.

Lance 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.

A native of Fraserburgh, he and his family moved to Rattray and then to Carnoustie.

Charles completed his education at Carnoustie School and was confirmed at Holyrood Church.

He died in Dundee in 1948 at the age of 67 and is buried at Cupar Cemetery, Fife.

Petty Officer George Mackenzie 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.

He was a native of Carnoustie and returned to the Merchant Marine following his war service.

He died aboard SS Strombbus in February, 1923, and is buried at the Methodist Cemetery, St George’s, Bermuda.