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Bert Gayler

Full name: Herbert Henry "Bert" Gayler
Gender: Male
Born: December 3, 1881 in Chislehurst, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: June 23, 1917 in South Waziristan, Tribal Areas, Pakistan
Affiliations: Polytechnic C.C., Westminster (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Cycling

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


Bert Gayler’s mother Annie died when he was very young, and he and his brother Ernest were brought up by his mother’s sister and their father. After leaving school, Bert became a barrister’s clerk and after further education at the Regent Street Polytechnic (now the University of Westminster) he became a court stenographer in 1911. It was at this time he took up serious cycling and he won many trophies with the Polytechnic Cycling Club. Gayler finished 30th in the road race at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm and was a non-scoring member of the English team that clinched the silver medal.

In 1917 Gayler, a soldier with the British Army’s 25th County of London Cycle Battalion was sent to India as part of an expeditionary force to deal with a revolt amongst Mahsud tribesmen in Waziristan on what is now the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. He was killed by rifle fire during an ambush in a valley near Kotkai Bozi Khel. A memorial to him is to be seen at the Anglican Church in Jullundur.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual England GBR 30
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Cycling Men's Road Race, Team England-1 GBR 2 Silver non-scoring

Men's Road Race, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Cycling Great Britain Final Standings 30 11-39:01.8

Men's Road Race, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TT
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Cycling England-1 GBR Final Standings 2 non-scoring 11-39:01.8
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