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Percy Rosser
Percy Edward Rosser was actually born and baptised Edward Percy Rosser but seemed to use the first form all his life. He was born in Michels Row, Richmond, to George Henry Rosser, some-time labourer, some-time carter, and his wife, Louise Anne née Keats or Keates, on 4 December 1888.

He lived at home while serving his apprenticeship with Willie Hunter at the Richmond club and appears as a golf club maker on the 1911 census.

The next year he was an assistant at Roehampton and playing in the southern section qualifying competition for the annual assistants’ tournament.

By 1913 he has moved to the Midlands, to Leicester, and, when winning the Artisans’ club monthly medal in March at the city’s Western Park, is described as ‘the professional to the golf school’.

When assistant professionals gathered in London to join Kitchener’s army in 1914, in the so-called Niblick Brigade, he was one of the 24 who appear in the famous photograph in Trafalgar Square and enlisted on the day.

Before he went to France he married Ethel Louise Davis in Richmond in May 1915.

After the war his appointment as professional to the West Bowling club in Bradford was announced in December 1920. He played in an exhibition foursome here in 1923 with George Duncan against Abe Mitchell and Harry Loveridge of Shipley and competed regularly in Yorkshire professional events before the war.

The 1940s saw him up before the magistrate on a charge of slandering a local girl who had apparently fallen out with his wife. Some ill-judged remarks to her employer cost him a fine of £20.

He was still at West Bowling in the 1950s, playing in a West Yorkshire Alliance fourball at Keighley in 1955.

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