J A Champion
Born in Westminster in 1880, John Arthur “Jack” Champion had been James Braid’s assistant at Romford and took over as professional at the nearby Rochford Hundred club in Essex in 1903. He married Georgina Hardingham here in 1905.
In 1906 he moved to St Enodoc in Cornwall and his old boss, James Braid, laid out a new 18 hole course there the following year. The 1911 census shows him living with Georgina and three young daughters aged 3, 1 and 1 month at Rye Villas, St Minver.
He remained in Cornwall until 1914 when he returned to London to become professional at the Dulwich and Sydenham Hill club.
In 1916 he joined the army. Despite his English birth and background, he served in a Highland regiment, the 8th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Lance Corporal Champion was killed in action at Ypres on 22 August 1917. He has no known grave.
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