Death of Edzell ex-war veteran

An Edzell war veteran, the last surviving officer of the 76th (Highland) Field Regiment that took part in the D-Day landings, has died aged 93.

Captain Tony Turnbull, of the British 3rd Division, was awarded with the Normandy Bar last year for his bravery on June 6, 1944 and for the remainder of the Second World War campaign in north-west Europe.

Although Mr Turnbull did not attend the 65th anniversary commemoration of the landings, he received a medal from the French authorities at his home in Edzell.

Born in India and schooled in London, Mr Turnbull’s family were based in Newport.

He studied chemistry at Glasgow University where, in 1939, he joined the Glasgow Yeomanry. He went on to work as a teacher in London from 1947-1978.

His regiment was raised mainly from Angus, Dundee and Fife, an area which he retained strong links with. In the late 1990s he set up home in Edzell where he attended the church and joined the local golf club – winning its family foursomes competition in 2006.

Mr Turnbull’s great-grandfather, Thomas Willock, was the first secretary of the Carnoustie Dalhousie golf club and later captain of Scotscraig Golf Club.

Mr Turnbull is survived by his wife Peggy, and by their four children and nine grandchildren. He died peacefully on Tuesday, November 15, at the Glens Care Home, Church Street, Edzell.