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Bert Rhodes
Bellingham
Bert Rhodes was born in Rye on 24 February 1888 to Amelia Maria Rhodes and her husband, Alfred, a platelayer on the light railway of the Rye and Camber tramway company, and baptised there on 6 May of that year. By the time of the 1901 census the family was living in Lucknow Place, Rye.

On the 1911 census he is staying with his married sister Elizabeth Gammonís family in Malpas Road, Lewisham in London. The census also tells us he was a golf professional but not where. The Sydenham and Dulwich club, being the nearest, seems likely but I have not been able to confirm this. Jacksonís Register has him at Bellingham in Hexham from 1910. He was certainly connected with the club but clearly still Ďa southernerí as he entered Southern qualifying for the £400 tournament, the PGA Championships of both 1911 and 1912, at West Drayton and Hanger Hill in London with the Bellingham affiliation.

Confirmation of his profession comes on the medical form completed when he joined the Territorial Army in November 1915 and was assigned to the London Regiment, a Territorial force which unusually saw most of it battalions sent abroad in WWI.

He embarked with them at Southampton on 24 June 1916, landing at Le Havre the following day. After six months in France they were shipped from Marseille on 15 December and arrived at Salonica six days later. He was promoted to L/Cpl the following May just before embarking again at Salonica on 17 June 1917 for Alexandria in Egypt.

The following year he was admitted to 17th General Hospital in Alexandria and died there, from pneumonia, on 28 November 1918. Two of his brothers also lost their lives in the First World War.

He is buried in the Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial cemetery.

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