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Luke Fildes

Full name: Frederic Luke Val Fildes
Gender: Male
Born: June 13, 1879 in Kensington, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: April 22, 1970
Affiliations: London Fencing Club, London (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Fencing


The son of artist Sir Luke Fildes, Luke jr. was educated at Marlborough College and Trinity, Cambridge. Upon leaving university he worked overseas for two years before working for chartered accountants and solicitors in the City. He was called to the Bar in 1903 where Fildes practiced law until the start of World War I when he served in the Coldstream Guards, before being injured at the Somme and returning to England and joining the Aldershot Command in charge of physical and bayonet training. After the war Fildes moved away from law and into business, working as legal adviser, secretary and advisory director of Lever Brothers, who later became Unilever, and he remained as an advisory director until 1956.

As a fencer, Fildes was a member of the British team from 1907 up to the outbreak of World War I, and in 1929, at the age of 50, he won the British épée championship. At the 1948 Olympics he was the joint chief organizer for the fencing events and served as president of the Amateur Fencing Association from 1953-56, and was president of the Épée Club from 1927 until his death. Fildes was married to Muriel John, daughter of sculptor Sir William Goscombe John, who later created a 25-inch high bronze statuette of his son-in-law in fencing kit.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 28 London Fencing Men's Épée, Individual Great Britain GBR 7 p1 r1/4

Men's Épée, Individual

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BW BL BT
1908 Summer 28 London Fencing Great Britain GBR Round One Pool One 7 1908-07-17 0 4 2
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