Wilson Lionel Garton-Jones
Born: 2 May 1922
Died: 5 October 2003
- He was a professional player of English billiards from India.
- He, a dominant national amateur champion for more than a decade, won the amateur world championship twice, in 1958 and 1964.
- He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1963, the Padma Shri Award in 1965, and the Dronacharya Award in 1996.
- He was the first Indian to be a World champion in any sport.
- He, an Anglo-Indian, was born in Pune in Maharashtra, and studied at Bishop High School and St. Vincent’s High School, before joining the War Service in 1939.
- He appeared in the national championship for the first time in 1947.
- In 1950, he won his first national title, defeating T. A. Selvaraj in the final.
- During the next sixteen years, he won the amateur National Billiards Championship of Indian twelve times.
- He won both the national billiards and snooker titles in 1952 and 1954.
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