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"North Surrey Golf Club"

Button # 91
Image submitted John Sagi

Button # 91a
26mm Birmingham HM 1901 'V&S'

Button # 91_1a
Image submitted Dixon Pickup
26mm Birmingham 1896 'V&S'

Button # 91_2a
Image submitted Dixon Pickup
26mm Birmingham HM 1899 'V&S'

Button # 757
Image submitted Dixon Pickup

Button # 757a

Button # 465
Image submitted Dixon Pickup

# 465a Back of Button

North Surrey Golf Club - This club was founded December 1894 with play over Norwood Common and comprising eighteen holes. The ‘commodious club house’ was situated 100 yards from Norbury Station. The course I think must have been shared as I have noted two other variably titled clubs playing over the Common. As to when the Club and play on the Common ceased I am not sure, perhaps c1920. Two varying button awards are shown, the first type also occurs in gilt for uniform purposes, and the second I have noted in medal format. Type one is 21.5mm with raised design featuring the three towered castle based on that shown on the arms of Guildford, at the base semi-stylised capitals ‘NSGC’. The reverse is assayed to Birmingham 1896 by ‘V&S’. This is my earliest dated ‘award’ button.

"Another example HM Birmingham 1899 is scratch engraved on the reverse, 'E.L.Shattuck 58 Canada'. A study of bound copies of 'Golf Illustrated for July 5th to September 27th 1901' has revealed that E.L. Shattuck and his brother/father (?) R.L. Shattuck were occasional members of the North Surrey 1st Team. E.L' playing off a handicap of 9. '58 Canada' most probably relates to his home address. Even today there are several 'Canada' Roads/Streets etc. in Greater London, and there may have been more prior to WW2 enemy action. Territorially the nearest surviving candidate to the Norwood club would appear to be Canada Gardens, Ladywell, Lewisham SE13."

The second type 26mm shows a similar but more correct portrayal of the castle as used by Guildford, with the club title in full around the edge. The reverse is unmarked but the shank is original.

What a link though, an obscure club player of a now defunct club who bothered to record his
achievement of 1899 is still remembered.
What happened to the family?
Were the boys in WW1?
Did they survive?

Information is from an article in "The British Golf Collectors Society" written by Dixon Pickup.

North Surrey Golf Club - 1

Button # 91 & # 465 & # 535

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