A brief memorial to the players of DUNFERMLINE ATHLETIC F.C. who served in the Great War 


Sir George McCrae had connections with Dunfermline and it was no surprise he raised men there.  Stewart Kaye, an architect, promised a commission, raised a hundred men, including two players for the battalion.  Many were linen workers, a major industry at that time, some railwaymen and other trades. 

In 1914 Dunfermline Athletic were a team in the top half of the 14 team second division. 

Private David Izatt 19520. 16th Batt Royal Scots.  Died 1st July 1916 aged 24.  Son of William & Margaret Herron Izzatt, 43, Chalmers St, Dunfermline. Thiepval Memorial.  Played half back for Dunfermline and worked as a plumber.

Private James Morton 19995.  16th Batt Royal Scots.  Died 1st July 1916Thiepval Memorial. Played for Dunfermline and worked for Albany Linen Works.


Also though not a player but a linen worker Lance Sergeant William Steele, wounded in the knee on July 1st, the first day of the Somme.  He lay there till the 11th of July scavenging what he could with great difficulty from the bodies of those around him until discovered.


Gordon Dump