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Kirkham & Wesham Golf Club, Mowbreck, Lancs. (1912 - 1918)

The club made a brief appearance at the time of WW1, the course address was given as Mowbreck.

The secretary was C Dunkerley and the treasurer W P Hull.

Club member Private Alfred Boulton killed in action in 1916.


Kirkham and Wesham Golf Club, Lancashire. Club member Private Alfred Boulton killed in action in 1916.

From the Lancashire Evening Post Friday 4th February 1916. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.


The following report is from Lancashire Evening Post Saturday 4th May 1918. It gives an insight of the difficulties at the time of WW1. "END OF KIRKHAM GOLF - In days when even the best and strongest golf clubs are feeling the strain the younger and less hardy are naturally faring very badly, and many of them have no option but to close down their courses and wind up their affairs. Among these is the Kirkham and Wesham club, which, in the March of 1912, laid out a nine-hole links on land owned by Lord Derby at Mowbreck and leased by Mr William Hale. With no provision for the game between Lea on the one hand, and Fairhaven on the other, the club entered upon its life with every prospect of a vigorous career, the original membership being 72 men and 35 ladies. Shortly afterwards, however, was formed the Lytham club, whose Green Drive course is given over to grass, and this not only closed one of the avenues for new members but took away a number of existing subscribers. When the war broke out twelve joined the colours, which had its effect on the clubs activities; then in 1916 part of the land was put under the plough, and finally play ceased altogether last year, with the inevitable cororllary of a decision to wind up in consequence of the want of financial support. I understand from Mr W P Hull, who succeeded Mr Dunkerley in the secretarial duties, that there will be very little loss to make good, as the finances have been very carefully watched and good prices for the assets have been obtained. But the fate of the club is a subject for regret, for I know the pleasure that its members got out of it. Perhaps, however, it is only a case of suspended animation." 

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