Alfred Hayles was born to a naval family on Portsea Island, by Portsmouth, at the end of 1880. He was assistant to J H Taylor at Royal Mid-Surrey from 1902 until the end of 1907.
At that date he took over from J H’s younger brother, Josh, as professional at Rotherham and District in Thrybergh and played in the Sheffield Professional Championships in September 1913. On the 1911 census he was lodging with the steward of the club, John Strother, as was his brother Edward, the professional at Renishaw.
By the time war broke out, his family was living in Littlestone-On-Sea, Kent and he enrolled at New Romney with the 8th Battallion Buffs (East Kent Regiment). He was killed in action (aged 35 not 38 as shown in CWGC records) on 3 September 1916 and is buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, in the Somme
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