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George Gadd at Caernarfon

My younger brother Reg was to be the fifth Gadd brother to turn pro. and the second one to become a nonagenarian. He went to Market Harborough, where he was pro/greenkeeper for a time before leaving the golf profession. Fred, the third son, was struck by polio as a youngster, but he still managed to play a good game, even with his seat propped up by a walking stick – quite a performance!

Much as I loved the game of golf my ambition as a boy did not lie in that direction. The son of the house where I was employed after school was a Naval Officer and often talked to me about life at sea. I was convinced that this was the life for me and was overjoyed when he offered to sponsor me to enlist in the Royal Navy when I was old enough. My hopes were dashed when the required parental consent was not forthcoming and the opportunity was lost. This was a huge blow to me at the time and it was small consolation when I was told that it had been agreed (not by me) that I was to join my brother Charles as a golf professional. I was to leave at the earliest opportunity – perhaps they thought I would run away to sea – but, in the haste to send me on my way, something had been overlooked.