40 Australian Olympians who enlisted in WWI

Did you know that Australian Olympians enlisted and fought in WWI ?
These 40 brave Australians exemplified all that was good in our young nation with three paying the ultimate sacrifice.


Claude Angelo
Paris 1924

Frank Beaurepaire
London 1908 (1 silver, 1 bronze)
Antwerp 1920 (1 silver, 1 bronze),
Paris 1924 (1 silver, 1 bronze)

Malcolm Boyd
Paris 1924

Edwin ‘Slip’ Carr
Paris 1924

Daniel ‘Danny’ Carroll
Rugby – London 1908 (gold) and Antwerp 1920 (gold, in US team).
Served, and was decorated, with US Army during WW I

Frank Cummings
Rowing – Paris 1924

Simon Fraser
Rowing – Stockholm 1912

Harold Hardwick
Swimming – Stockholm 1912 (1 gold, 2 bronze)

Henry ‘Harry’ Hauenstein
Rowing – Stockholm 1912
Awarded a Military Medal in WW I.

Harry Hay
Swimming – Antwerp 1920 (1 silver)

Cecil Healy
Swimming – Stockholm 1912 (1 gold, 1 silver)
Known for his medals and great sportsmanship at Stockholm. This Manly surf lifesaver who was recognised for his bravery in the surf was the only Australian medallist to die in WW I. He was killed at Mont St Quentin, near Peronne on the Somme, 74 days before the end of the war.

Keith Heritage
Rowing – Stockholm 1912
Was a reserve for the rowing eight at Stockholm, having rowed in the crew that won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley on the way to the Olympic Games. He was replaced in that crew by Hugh Ward. A very early volunteer for WW I, he served in New Guinea and Gallipoli. He then served in France where he was awarded a Military Cross a month prior to being killed at Pozières in July 1916.

Stinton Hewitt
Athletics –Antwerp 1920

John ‘Darb’ Hickey
Rugby – London 1908 (gold)

Ernest Hutcheon
Athletics –London 1908

Walter ‘Wally’ Jarvis
Rowing – Paris 1924

Wilfrid Kent Hughes
Athletics – Antwerp 1920
In WW I he was awarded a Military Cross and was mentioned in despatches (MID) four times. He also served, and was decorated, in WW II. He became the Chairman of the Organising Committee for Melbourne 1956.

William ‘Billy’ Longworth
Swimming – Stockholm 1912

Joseph Lynch
Athletics – London 1908

Malcolm McArthur
Rugby – London 1908 (gold)
Awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal in WW I.

Charles McMurtrie
Rugby – London 1908 (gold)

Cecil McVilly
Rowing – Stockholm 1912
Awarded a Military Cross in WW I.

Sydney Middleton
Rugby – London 1908 (gold)
Rowing – Stockholm 1912
Served at Gallipoli. Within weeks of the armistice became organising secretary for the AIF Sports Control Board that provided sporting activities for soldiers waiting return to Australia from England prior to demobilisation. His wartime decorations included being appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), being awarded the Distinguished Service Order and once MID.

William Murray
Athletics – Stockholm 1912

Thomas ‘Tom’ Richards
Rugby – London 1908 (gold)
Was at the original Gallipoli landing. Awarded a Military Cross on the Western Front.

Claude Ross
Athletics – Stockholm 1912
Enlisted in the early days of World War I and served at Gallipoli. He later transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and in August 1917 lost his life over France.

Harry Ross-Soden
Rowing – Stockholm 1912

John ‘Jack’ Ryrie
Rowing – Stockholm 1912

Frank Schryver
Swimming – Stockholm 1912
Served at Gallipoli. Awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal and a Military Medal in WW I.

Arthur Scott
Rowing – Paris 1924

Harvey Sutton
Athletics –London 1908
Twice MID and appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his military service in the Middle East.

Ivan Stedman
Swimming – Antwerp 1920 (1 silver), Paris 1924

W. Allan Stewart
Athletics – Stockholm 1912

Theodore ‘Theo’ Tartakover
Swimming – London 1908
Stockholm 1912

ED ‘Ted’ Thomas
Rowing – Paris 1924

Ronald ‘Ron’ Thomas
Tennis – Antwerp 1920

Robert Waley
Rowing – Stockholm 1912

Hugh Ward
Rowing – Stockholm 1912
Awarded Military Cross and 2 Bars in WW I.

A. James ‘Jim’ Willard
Tennis – Paris 1924
Awarded a Military Medal and Bar in WW I.

A.W. ‘Nick’ Winter
Athletics – Paris 1924 (gold)
Amsterdam 1928

Information from the Australian Olympic Committee

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