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William Hinde

Full name: William Robert Norris Hinde
Nickname(s): Looney
Gender: Male
Born: June 25, 1900 in Cupar, Fife, Great Britain
Died: July 13, 1981 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Polo

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


Major-General Sir William Robert Norris Hinde, usually known as Robert, and nicknamed “Looney”, was educated at Wellington College and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst before gaining a commission into the15th Hussars in 1919. Between 1940 and 1945 he was the Commanding officer of the 15th/19th Hussars, then the 20th and 22nd Armoured Brigades and saw service in Africa, Italy and Northern Europe. After the War Hinde was posted to Germany and stayed until 1950 when he was appointed Aide-de-Camp to King George VI and then to Queen Elizabeth II. He returned to Africa in 1953 and played an active part in the fight against the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya before his eventual retirement in 1957. During his time in the Army he was honoured with the award of the Companion, Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.), was invested as a Knight Commander, Order of the British Empire (K.B.E.) and was also invested as a Companion, Order of the Bath (C.B.).

As a polo player, Hinde played regularly for his Regiment and took part in both Great Britain’s matches, against Mexico and Argentina, at the 1936 Olympics as the team returned home with the silver medal. Hinde was only called into the Great Britain team the month before the Olympics after the withdrawal of Gerald Balding. Hinde reached a handicap of 6-goals.

A keen ornithologist Hinde was bird watching with field a glasses in the British zone in Berlin in 1947 when he was arrested for spying for being close to the Communist Zone, but he was quickly released, and received an apology from the Soviets.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Polo Men's Polo Great Britain GBR 2 Silver

Men's Polo

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Polo Great Britain GBR Final Round Match 1/2 2 1936-08-07 ARG 11, GBR 0 0
1936 Summer 36 Berlin Polo Great Britain GBR Group A Match #1 1 1936-08-03 GBR 13, MEX 11 0
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