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E A Firstbrook
Lelant
Born on 2 July 1886 at Lelant in Cornwall, Ernest Albert Firstbrook’s early involvement in golf was as a caddy at the local West Cornwall club, According to at least one press report he spent some time in South Africa though I am unsure as to whether this was before or after working at the Looe and Polperro clubs (possibly as an assistant) but he was certainly back at Lelant as an assistant in 1909 and playing from there in Western Professional Championship at Westward Ho! in October of that year.

By 1911 he was the professional at Lelant playing in the matchplay final rounds of the £400 competition at Walton Heath. He married the following year and a son was born in 1913 and a daughter in 1914.

He enlisted in January 1915 and served as a bandsman and a stretcher-bearer in the Royal Fusiliers Regiment (City of London), 24th Battalion (2nd Sportsman's), ultimately with the rank of Corporal. He was killed, shot while carrying a stretcher, on 13 November 1916 and is buried in Redan Ridge Cemetery No 1, Beaumont Hamel, France.

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