William Dayman, born 1888, was listed as a 13 year old golf caddy in the 1901 census, living with his parents and eight siblings in the Staffordshire parish of Great Barr between Walsall and Sutton Coldfield.
By 1904 he was assistant professional at Sutton Coldfield and, from here, entered in the PGA Tournament Midland Qualifier in 1904, 1905, 1906 and 1907.
Jackson’s Register records him as pofessional at Walsall in 1908 but the first mention I have of him there is in 1909 when he played a match over Walsall against his old boss at Sutton Coldfield, the first Canadian Open champion, J H Oke.
In 1911 press reports of him seem to stop. He is still listed as employed as a professional in the April 1911 census. The historian at Walsall GC stated the club had to sack him in 1912 because of financial constraints. Perhaps this killed his feelings for the game because, unusually for a professional, he had turned out in club matches, with his brother Charles, over the years, Sutton Coldfield Working Men v Sutton Coldfield and for Sutton against Little Aston but, after 1911, there is nothing, He may have moved away and come back again but given he married a local lass from Sutton Coldfield, Ethel, in Tamworth in 1915 and joined the 4th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment locally this seems unlikely.
He was killed in action at Arras on 14 April 1917. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial and with his brother and golfing teammate, Charles, on the Streetly War Memorial.
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