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William Jackson
The register for his internment shows William Jackson as being born in Newry in the north of Ireland in 1888 and, prior to being in Germany, living at the School House, Langenhoe, Colchester. That makes sense, he was married to the daughter of Mrs Pirie, headmistress of Langenhoe school. A F Jackson’s Register of Professional Golfers has him as professional at Ben Rhydding Golf Club (a private course belonging to a hydropathic hotel near Ilkley in Yorkshire) from at least 1902. I am sure there was a W Jackson here (Georgiady has the same affiliation albeit with slightly later dates) but I suspect not this Wiilliam Jackson.

Local Essex newspapers provide the information that he had been at the Clacton club ‘for several seasons’ before becoming professional at Bromley and Bickley, in 1910, succeeding David Dyson Anderson, son of four times Open Champion, Jamie (he is David the test pilot in the Anderson family article!) Jackson was still there the following year as he played an exhibition match with W R Lonie at the opening of the now defunct Mersea Island club’s course. That makes the date of 1912 for him going to Germany to be professional at Cologne sound right.

He was arrested at the start of the First World War and, after being detained briefly in Cologne, was transferred to the internment camp at Ruhleben.

On returning to England after the war he came back to Essex and was appointed professional to the Chelmsford club in May 1919 and seems to have remained in post until 1922 or 1923 as, by the latter year, Jackson’s assistant, William West, was listed as professional.

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