Ernest Warburton was born in Dunham, Cheshire in 1882. The Warburtons seem to have been a golfing family and I have not got them all in order yet but Ernest was certainly the younger brother of William who went on to be the long-serving professional at Grimsby,
At the time of the 1901 census (April) Ernest was living at home as an assistant club and ball maker. That same year, in September, he played in the Manchester Open in Trafford Park with the affiliation of the local Chester club of Bowdon. He was probably an assistant to Frank Kerr Weir.
The next year, or early in 1903, he went to Germany to become professional at the Kitzeberg club in Kiel. This was founded in March 1902 with Prince Heinrich of Prussia, the Kaiser’s brother, a founding member. He was home again in September to play in the Manchester tournament, entering from Germany.
He remained at the Kitzeberg club until the outbreak of the First World War at which time he was arrested and interned at Berlin’s Ruhleben racecourse for the duration of the war with a dozen or so fellow golf professionals.
I have found no record of him as a professional golfer after the war. He died in Dunham in 1935.
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