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Henry Goldsmith

Full name: Henry Mills Goldsmith
Nickname(s): Rosie
Gender: Male
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Born: July 22, 1885 in Plympton, Devon, Great Britain
Died: May 9, 1915 in Fromelles, Nord, France
Affiliations: CUBC, Cambridge (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)


The son of a Devon solicitor, Henry Goldsmith was educated at Sherbourne School before going to up to Jesus College Cambridge where he became one of the college’s finest oarsman, and in 1906 was elected president of the Cambridge University Boat Club. He was a member of the winning Boat Race crew in 1906 and 1907 and in the first of those years, was also a member of the crew that enjoyed a memorable victory over the Harvard eight. He won a bronze medal with the British eight at the 1908 Olympics, when he replaced the original choice, and fellow Jesus man, [George Fairbairn].

In 1909 Goldsmith was commissioned into the 5th battalion, Devonshire Regiment (Territorials), and was sent to the front in March 1915. On 9 May 1915, Goldsmith was one of the many British casualties killed on that one day, in the Second Battle of Ypres. His wife Sybil gave birth to their only child, daughter Elizabeth, born three months after Henry’s death.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 22 London Rowing Men's Coxed Eights Cambridge University Boat Club-2 GBR 3T Bronze

Men's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit M
1908 Summer 22 London Rowing Cambridge University Boat Club-2 GBR Semi-Finals Heat Two at 1 1/3 lengths
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