E A Firstbrook
Born on 2 July 1886 at Lelant in Cornwall, Ernest Albert Firstbrook’s early involvement in golf was as a caddy at the local West Cornwall club. He was also active as a cricketer and the local club record him resigning as secretary in 1906 to go to South Africa. As part of the old relationship between tobacco and sport, they presented him with a set of pipes for the voyage.
It seems he came back from South Africa as a golf professional as he became an assistant to Fred Whiting at the Lelant club in 1909. He played from there in the Western Professional Championship at Westward Ho! in October of that year and the following year he and his boss played in a foursome to mark the opening of the new pavilion at the Penzance club.
Later that year he became professional at the Looe club and qualified from here to play in the matchplay finals of the £400 News of the World tournament at Walton Heath in 1911 but, by the time the tournament took place, he had taken over as professional at Lelant when Whiting moved to Royal St George’s.
He married the following year and a son was born in 1913 and a daughter in 1914.
He enlisted in January 1915 and served as a bandsman and a stretcher-bearer in the Royal Fusiliers Regiment (City of London), 24th Battalion (2nd Sportsman's), ultimately with the rank of Corporal. He was killed, shot while carrying a stretcher, on 13 November 1916 and is buried in Redan Ridge Cemetery No 1, Beaumont Hamel, France.
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