Patteson Womersley Nickalls

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Olympic medal record
Men's Polo
Gold medal – first place 1908 London Team competition

Patteson Womersley Nickalls DSO (23 January 1877 – 10 September 1946), was an English polo player who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics for Great Britain.


Nickalls was born on 23 January 1877 at North Weald, Essex, the son of Sir Patteson Nickalls, a stockbroker, and his wife Florence.[1] He was educated at Rugby School.[2] There he was in the cricket XI from 1892 to 1894[3] and in the rugby XV in 1893. He went to New College, Oxford, played in the Varsity Match for the Oxford University Polo Club in 1895-6-7 and graduated with a BA in 1897. In 1900, he was gazetted to the Durham Light Infantry and served in the Second Anglo-Boer War. He took part in the Relief of Ladysmith and the Battle of Colenso.[2] He retired from the army in 1901[4] and became a member of the London Stock Exchange.[2]

Nickalls played polo for England in the 1902 International Polo Cup matches.[5] He was a member of the winning teams in the Roehampton Trophy in 1904 and 1905. In 1905 he played for the Roehampton Club and in 1908 the Roehampton team represented Great Britain at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London and won the Gold Medal. He captained the Enghsh team against America in 1909 in the Weschester Cup with a handicap of +8[5][6]

Nickalls served on the Western Front in World War I in the Northamptonshire Yeomanry. He wrote an account of fox hunting behind the lines in 1916.[7] He remained a major in the Territorial Reserve, having been awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1918, until 1926.[8]

Nickalls died on 10 September 1946 at the age of 69.

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  1. ^ British Census 1881 RG11 0857/105 p22
  2. ^ a b c Rugby School Register
  3. ^ "Patteson Womersley Nickalls". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 2012-11-23. Born: 22nd January 1876, Epping, Essex, England. Died: Q3 1946, Rugby, Warwickshire, England. Teams: Rugby School (Miscellaneous: 1892-1894)  horizontal tab character in |quote= at position 101 (help)
  4. ^ London Gazette 2 August 1901
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  6. ^ "Polo Monthly" (PDF). June 1918: 15. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  7. ^ The Hounds of War: A Veterans Day for Hunting Soldiers
  8. ^ "Military Personnel" (PDF). New York Times. 5 February 1926. Retrieved 2012-11-23. Patteson Womersley Nickalls, DSO, having attained the age limit, relinquishes his command and retains his rank, 6th February 1926.