Desmond T. Burke

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Desmond T. Burke (December 5, 1904 – April 11, 1973) was a Canadian marksman who is the youngest ever to win The King's Prize at the Bisley shooting competitions.[1]

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada,[2] Burke attended Lisgar Collegiate Institute where he was a member of the school's cadet corps.[3] The year after graduating from high school, he won The King's Prize at the age of twenty, the youngest person to do so.[4] Burke would go on to win fourteen victories and eleven second-place finishes in his career. For these accomplishments, he was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1972.[2]


  1. ^ Barclay, Foster (1947-08-16). "Major Desmond Burke Wins Gov.-General's". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Dr. Desmond Burke". Canada Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Vox Lycei 1924-1925. Lisgar Collegiate Institute. Lisgar Alumni Association. pp. 32–33. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  4. ^ Foster, R.M. "Famous Rifle Marksmen of the Regiment". Governor General's Foot Guards. Retrieved 12 May 2010. [dead link]

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