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Tom Gallop
Skegness/Victoria BC
Thomas Sparshott Gallop was born on the Isle of Wight in April 1890. He served his golfing apprenticeship as assistant to Harry Cawsey at the Seacroft Links in Skegness and, in 1910, was appointed professional to the new North Shore club which opened in the town in April of that year. The 1911 census records him as a golf professional at the North Shore links, a lodger with Harriet Beard at 9 Andrews Drive in the town.

Despite the charms of Skeggy, Lincolnshire was still something of a golfing outpost and the Union of Lincolnshire Golf Clubs did not hold its first membersí professional championship until 1913 at Torksey, an event in which Tom finished 2nd.

After the war, the golf correspondent of the Sheffield Daily Telegraph surveyed the local clubs in April 1919 and wrote that North Shore had lost its professional, Gallop, killed in the Dardanelles and required a new one. Perhaps he had been to a few too many golfing dinners and forgotten that, although Gallop was killed in the war, it was after he left the club, not in the Dardanelles and had been replaced by Arthur Ham who was hale and hearty.

The Boston Guardian of 4 April 1914 announced Gallopís departure for Vancouver and reported he had been presented with an inscribed gold watch and Ďpurse of goldí by the members.

He went, in fact to the south of Vancouver Island and the oldest golf club in North America west of the Mississippi, Victoria GC. After a couple of years, from here, he attested with the Royal Flying Corps on 8 October 1917 and joined the RFC in Toronto eleven days later.

During training, as Air Mechanic 3rd Class, he died in the base hospital on 29 March 1918 and is buried in Toronto (St Johnís Norway) Cemetery.

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