Edward Gordon Williams

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Olympic medal record
Men's Rowing
Bronze medal – third place 1908 London Men's eights

Edward Gordon Williams (20 July 1888 – 12 August 1915) was a British rower who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics. He was killed in action during the First World War.

Williams was born at Honiton, Devon, and educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a member of the Pitt Club.[1] He rowed for Cambridge in the Boat Race in 1908. The Cambridge crew made up a boat in the eights which won the bronze medal for Great Britain rowing at the 1908 Summer Olympics.[2] He rowed for Cambridge in the Boat Race in 1909 and also in 1909 partnered Banner Johnstone to win the Silver Goblets at Henley Royal Regatta against Julius Beresford and Karl Vernon. He raced in the 1910 Boat Race.

Williams was appointed as a colonial administrator in North-Western Rhodesia.[3] He then served in the First World War as a lieutenant with the Grenadier Guards. He was killed in action near Béthune and was buried at St. Venant Communal Cemetery nearby.[4][5]

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  1. ^ Fletcher, Walter Morley (2011) [1935]. The University Pitt Club: 1835-1935 (First Paperback ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 96. ISBN 978-1-107-60006-5. 
  2. ^ Sports Reference - Olympic Sports - Edward Williams
  3. ^ The Commonwealth & Empire Review
  4. ^ Williams, Edward Gordon, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Retrieved 19 August 2008
  5. ^ "Olympians Who Were Killed or Missing in Action or Died as a Result of War". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 August 2015.