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Tim Melvill

Full name: Teignmouth Philip "Tim" Melvill
Other name(s): Timothy Melvill
Gender: Male
Born: February 13, 1877 in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Died: December 12, 1951 in King's Lynn, Norfolk, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Polo

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


After leaving Wellington College, Tim Melvill went to Sandhurst and in 1896 was commission into the South Wales Borderers, the regiment with which has father had won a posthumous VC for saving the colours at Isandlwana in 1879. His love of riding led him to transfer to the 17th Lancers and after winning the DSO while servicing in France he was appointed assistant Military Attaché in Madrid in 1921. Following the amalgamation which led to the formation of the 17/21 Lancers he was appointed colonel of the regiment. Apart form his Olympic gold medal the highlight of Melville’s polo career came in 1924 when he played in the second Westchester Cup match against America at Meadowbrook. After leaving the Army, Melvill was for many years polo correspondent of The Field.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 43 Antwerpen Polo Men's Polo Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Men's Polo

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1920 Summer 43 Antwerpen Polo Great Britain GBR Final Round Match 1/2 1 1920-07-31 GBR 13, ESP 11
1920 Summer 43 Antwerpen Polo Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1920-07-26 GBR 8, BEL 3
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