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Barna, Victor [formerly Gyözö Viktor Braun] (1911–1972), table tennis player, was born into a Jewish family in Budapest on 24 August 1911. The son of a master printer, Richard Braun, he was the third of five children. He showed a talent for football but found his true vocation when a boyhood friend, ...

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Chamberlain, Sir Neville Francis Fitzgerald (1856–1944), army officer and inventor of snooker, was born at Upton Park, Upton, Buckinghamshire, on 13 January 1856, the only son of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Francis Falcon Chamberlain (1826–1879), an Indian army officer, and his wife, Marianne Ormsby Drury...

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Davis, Fred (1913–1998), billiards and snooker player, was born on 14 August 1913 at The Moor, Newbold, Whittington, Derbyshire, the youngest of the six children of Fred Davis, innkeeper, and his wife, Ann Eliza Clark. He learned to play snooker on a miniature table at home, and then in the billiard hall in ...

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Davis, Joseph [Joe] (1901–1978), billiards and snooker player, was born on 15 April 1901 at Low Pit Lane, Whitwell, Derbyshire, the eldest in the family of three sons and three daughters of Fred Davis, coalminer and publican, and his wife, Ann-Eliza Clark. While he was still at elementary school at ...

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Joseph Davis (1901–1978) by A. J. O'Brien, 1939 [Davis brothers [left to right]: Fred Davis (1913-1998) and ] Getty Images – A. J. O'Brien

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Alexander Gordon Higgins (1949–2010) by Eamonn McCabe, 1981 © Eamonn McCabe

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Higgins, Alexander Gordon [Alex] (1949–2010), snooker player, was born at the Jubilee Maternity Hospital in Belfast on 18 March 1949, the first son and fourth child of Alexander Gordon Higgins, labourer, later school caretaker, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Stockman. At the time of his birth his parents lived at ...

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Lindrum, Walter Albert (1898–1960), billiards player, was born on 29 August 1898 at Bourke, near Kalgoorlie, a Western Australian goldmining town, the youngest of four children and the second of the two sons of Frederick William Lindrum II (1865–1943), billiard-hall proprietor and bookmaker, and his wife, ...

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Walter Albert Lindrum (1898–1960) by Edward G. Malindine, 1929 [ [lining up a shot] and Willie Smith (1886–1982)] Getty Images – Edward G. Malindine

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Pulman, (Herbert) John (1923–1998), snooker player, was born on 12 December 1923 at 13 Lower Brook Street, Teignmouth, Devon, the son of Ernest Charles Pulman (d. in or before 1953), master baker and confectioner, and his wife, Gertrude Mary Kent. The family moved to ...