Ingo Simon

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Ingo Simon
Ingo Heinrich Julius William Gustav Simon[1]

6 May 1875[2][3]
Died31 July 1964(1964-07-31) (aged 89)
Exeter, Devon, England[1]
Known forArchery
Parent(s)Henry Gustav Simon
Mary Jane Lane

Ingo Heinrich Julius William Gustav Simon (6 May 1875 – 31 July 1964), also known as Ingo Henry Simon, was an English singer,[5] poet and accomplished archer[6] who spent many years researching the history of archery and the development of bows. From 1914 to 1933, he held the world record for a flight-shot at 462 yards (422 m).[6]

Simon was born in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, the child of German engineer Henry Gustav Simon and his first wife, Mary Jane Lane of Melbourne, Australia. One of his younger half-brothers was Ernest Simon, 1st Baron Simon of Wythenshawe.[7][8] He was an operatic singer and teacher.[9] In 1918, he was living in the United States.[3]

In 1910, an archery contest was held on the beach at Le Touquet, France, where Simon was able to shoot an arrow 475 yards (434 m) using an old Turkish composite bow requiring a force of 440 newtons (99 lbf).[10]

Roving Shafts, a volume of his poems, some about archery, was published in 1924.[11]

He died in 1964[6] and his widow, Erna, the 1937 women's world champion died in 1973;[6] they endowed a trust in 1970,[6] to conserve and develop his collection of bows, arrows and related equipment,[6] which he donated to the Manchester Museum in 1946.[6] The collection includes artefacts from many countries including Great Britain, Brazil, Europe, India, Pakistan, Japan, Central Asia, Africa, and the Pacific islands.[12]


  • Roving Shafts. Thornton Butterworth Ltd. 1924.


  1. ^ a b England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995
  2. ^ 1939 England and Wales Register
  3. ^ a b U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
  4. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915
  5. ^ "Mr Ingo Simon". The Era. 23 May 1923. p. 6. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Archery". University of Manchester. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  7. ^ 1871 England Census
  8. ^ 1881 England Census
  9. ^ 1911 England Census
  10. ^ "Invention and Evolution" by M. J. French (1988, Cambridge Univ. Press) (chapter 3.4.2)
  11. ^ "Roving Shafts, poems by Ingo Simon". The Scotsman. 9 October 1924. p. 2. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  12. ^ The Manchester Museum. Derby: English Life, 1985; pp. 18–19

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