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The Heritage Committee are pleased to announce the recent acquisition of a tazza dish, from ex Sergeant Major Mr Eric Schmitt, a collector, in Germany.

Made in sterling silver by Elkington & Co., it has a full set of English hallmarks and is inscribed:

            West Lancashire Golf Club

                  New Year Meeting

                         1913

                Handicap Prize

                     Won by

               Wallace Fraser

                     74 net

On 30th July 1916, Captain Wallace Fraser, 19th Battalion, the Kings (Liverpool) Regiment, was killed at the Somme, during the attack on Guillemont, on what was the Liverpool Pals Battalions' darkest action of the war. In all, 461 of their number were killed in one day.

When Brigadier General George Rollo, himself a West Lancashire member, unveiled a memorial tablet in our old clubhouse in 1919, he spoke particularly of his Adjutant, Wallace Fraser, because the machine gun fire that hit Captain Fraser wounded Rollo also, but when the stretcher bearers arrived, Fraser told them he was 'done in' and insisted that they went to help someone else. 'He could' said Rollo, 'have been taken to a field hospital. Instead, he thought of the others.'

The Liverpool Echo of 10th August 1916 reported Wallace Fraser's death and how he had been educated at Rugby School, and was a lawyer by profession. He played rugby for Liverpool RFC and had been 1st team Captain at Northern Cricket Club. His passing received an obituary is Wisden.

On 30th July 2016, his photograph and brief history was taken to his grave at Guillemont by Mr Tony Wainwright, Liverpool Pals, with the words 'Always remembered at The West Lancashire Golf Club, Blundellsands, England.'

'They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning.

We will remember them.'