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Fred Tottey
Colwyn/Oulton Heath
Frederick Tottey, a son of Joseph Tottey, a farm labourer, and his wife, Mary née Mouncey, was born on 4 February 1877 in West Kirby and grew up in Redstone Cottages, close to the Royal Liverpool club at Hoylake where he may have caddied as a boy.

He began his working life as a self-employed landscape gardener, still living at home with parents and siblings on the 1901 census, and was following this occupation when he married Elizabeth Underwood in 1905. When their first child, Hilda Margaret, was born the following year Fred was a groundsman in West Kirby so, presumably, on the greenkeeping staff of Hoylake. The second child, James Frederick, was born in Colwyn, Caernarvonshire in 1909 and baptised on 4 November, during the period 1907-10 Fred was professional at the Old Colwyn club.

The 1911 census lists him as a golf professional at Stone in Staffordshire where he served the Oulton Heath club from 1910-1912. At the end of 1912 the family was back in Wales after Fred accepted the post of assistant to William Henry “Harry” Ball at Bangor.

In March 1915 he enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery and spent most of the war in Britain but was sent to France in August 1918 as a Sergeant with the 48th (Caernarvonshire) Heavy Battery. He returned to Bangor on 8 February 1919 for demob and felt unwell and died from pneumonia on 17 February. He is buried in Glanadda Cemetery in Bangor leaving Elizabeth and five children.

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