Full name: Herbert Haydon Wilson
Born: February 14, 1875 in St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Died: April 11, 1917 in Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Affiliations: Roehampton Club
Country: Great Britain
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Captain Herbert Wilson was a figure of much influence in polo circles and maintained a fine home at Hurlingham, where he served as a member of the Hurlingham Committee, the governing body of polo. He often played at the neighboring club, Roehampton, and it was with their team that he won his Olympic gold medal in 1908. Of the winning Olympic team in 1908, only Wilson had not already played in the Westchester Cup although he was to do so in 1909 and 1911. He was also a keen huntsman and rode with the Quorn, the Cottesmore and Belvoir from his country residence at Ashley Folville in Leicestershire. The son of Sir Samuel Wilson of Ercidoune, Victoria, Australia, Wilson was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford. Soon after leaving Oxford he joined the Nottsfordshire Imperial Yeomanry, winning a DSO in the Boer War. The fighting in South Africa, and later in France, took a cruel toll on the Wilson family. Wilfred lost his life at the Boer War, in which his brother was also severely wounded, and in 1914-18 War, Herbert and his eldest brother, Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Wilson, MVO of the Royal Horse guards; were both killed. Hence only one of the four brothers survived the two wars, and he was gravely wounded.
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