Lt Alexander Chalmers Stark

He is illegitimate son of Agnes Stark. Presumably the father was Chalmers. Agnes was born at Ceres, Fifeshire in 1878. He was brought up by his grandfather who was a Game Keeper

1897 Jan 19. Born Wemyss, Fifeshire.

1901 census at Wemyss, Fife

Alexander Stark 50
Isabella Stark 53
Ann Stark 20
Alexander Stark 4

1916 Jun. Landed in France

1918 Sep 11. Commissioned 2nd Lt

1921 Nov 17. Accepted in England. Joined ADRIC with service no 2179. Posted to Depot

1921 Dec 3 Special duty at Tralee for 2 days

1922 Jan. Appears to be still serving on demobilisation of ADRIC

1926 Dec 15 Married at • Greyfriars Hotel, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland to Mary Ann Campbell Kirkaldy (1893–1983) . His profession is "Shown as a physical training instructor."

1928 Jun 13. TA Reserve. Lt. Alexander Stark (late 6th/7th Bn. Black Watch) to be Lt.

1933 • Southport, England Physical Training to GB Ryder Cup team

After the humiliation at Scioto, the British PGA looked back to its Ryder Cup roots and invited John Henry Taylor, who had been pivotal in the genesis match at Gleneagles in 1924, to lead the home side’s efforts at Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club. Taylor, a five-time Open champion, would break the mould in another way in 1933, becoming the Ryder Cup’s first non-playing captain. A staunch disciplinarian, he noted with disdain that the team that had been so badly humbled at Scioto had been physically unfit, and apportioned a considerable amount of blame for the manner of their defeat on this physical deficiency. To improve matters, he called in a favour from his military career and employed the services of Lieutenant Alick Stark, a physical fitness expert from the British Army. Even though he was in his early sixties, Taylor was so intent on setting an example to his team that he joined in with the physical exertions that Stark put the players through on Southport beach as they prepared for the matches.

1937 • St Andrews . Published "Physical Training for Golfers". St. Andrews Scotland: W. C. Henderson & Son, 1937. 62p, illustrated wrappers. Forewords by Hector Thompson (1936 Amateur Champion) and J.H. Taylor. Working in the department of a physical education at St Andrews University in 1936 From "training and breathing" to "clothing and the golfer", an attempt to create a one-step guide to fitness and appearance on the links. 12mo, includes publisher's wonderful period ads at the rear. published his Physical Training for Golfers, an unusual concept at the time, with an Introduction by J H Taylor. He married Andrew Kirkaldy's daughter.


1942 Notice in London Gazette that he was to be known as Liddiard-Stark. Cohabiting with Ann Liddiard (nee Michael, widow of Hamilton Liddiard) at 11 Heath Drive, Potters Bar

1947 Mar 22. Arrives UK from Nigeria. He is a mining engineer. Travels 1st class with Anne Melinda

1960 Jul 2. His partner Anne Miranda Michael (know as Liddiard-Stark) dies in Wood Green

1961 • Potters Bar, Middlesex, England The year after his previous partner dies, Alexander is cohabiting with Evelyn Ida Farrell (nee Foster) in Potters Bar. Evelyn was now using the surname Liddiard-Stark(Electoral Roll)

1987 Nov 26 Died Farnham, Surrey, at time of death was known as Alexander Liddiard-Stark

1988 Evelyn Liddiard-Stark died in Surrey


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