1932: Lightning Strikes Golfers


Whilst playing golf at Aldeburgh, Suffolk, yesterday, three golfers and two caddies were struck by lightning, and other people were considerably shaken.

Those who were struck were: The Hon. Andrew Vanneck, of Hevningham Hall, Suffolk, brother of Lord Huntingfield; Major Marriott, a London visitor; Capt. B. I. M. Barrett, a retired Army officer, of Aldeburgh; Percy William Cook and Stanley White, two local caddies.

All five were conveyed to Aldeburgh Cottage Hospital suffering from extensive burns on various parts of their bodies. Capt. Barrett had his tongue burned. Major Marriott was the least hurt and was able to proceed home after attention. The caddy Cook was also allowed to go home in the evening but is confined to bed, and the other three are detained in Hospital.

Mr. R. E. Greensmith, a brother-in-law of Capt. Barrett, stated that when between the fourth and seventh greens a storm began and many golfers rushed to a nearby shelter made of rushes and covered with galvanised wire on the roof.

The lightning appeared to strike this, he said, and knocked down four of the persons standing outside the shelter.

An Aldeburgh caddy, William Green, said that when he rushed to the assistance of the golfers after seeing a cloud of smoke, Capt. Barrett’s hat was badly torn while Cook’s shoes were almost ripped off his feet. White’s hat was torn and the back of his hair scorched.

Another visitor who arrived at the hut at the same time as Greensmith said that there was a peculiar circular flash and then a report like a bomb. The other occupants of the shelter, he said, if not actually struck, felt pains in their bodies.

Nottingham Evening Post, Tuesday 2 August 1932