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Fred Richardson
Berlin/Bremen (Germany)
Fred Richardson is mentioned in several of the accounts of life in Ruhleben and the magazines produced at the camp but I have been unable to discover much about him.

He was Cuthbert Butchart’s predecessor as professional to the Berlin club from around 1905 to 1911. He was defeated in the final of the Professional Golf Championship of Germany in 1908 and he entered the qualifiers for the 1910 Open Championship at St Andrews with the affiliation of the Berlin club.

Sometime before the start of the First World War he became professional at the Club zur Vahr at Bremen which is why he came to be interned with other British civilians at Ruhleben in Berlin.

One of the modern accounts of Ruhleben suggests that he became the professional at Sandy Lodge after the war. I think this is unlikely. There was a Richardson appointed there after Jack Allan left for South Africa in 1922 and remained until the appointment of Arthur Havers in November 1929 but he is always described in press reports as F.W. Richardson. It would be very unusual to have someone previously known to the press as F. Richardson acquire another initial.

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