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Harcourt Ommundsen

Full name: Harcourt Ommundsen
Gender: Male
Born: November 23, 1878 in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Great Britain
Died: September 19, 1915 in Ieper (Ypres), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Shooting

Medals: 2 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

The son of a Norwegian shipping agent and his Scottish wife, Ommundsen worked as a law clerk before joining the British Army. A winner of the King’s Prize at the Bisley in 1901, his father died two days after his triumph. Harcourt also won the silver medal in 1906, the bronze in 1912 and both silver and bronze in 1913. In addition he won the Grand Aggregate in 1900 and 1905 and was runner-up in 1911 and 1912. Ommundsen also won the Service Rile Championship on several occasions, the St. George’s Vase once and the Scottish Rifle Association’s magnificent 9-6 (2.90 m) tall Caledonian Shield in five consecutive years 1899-1903. Surprisingly, he never won the Scottish championship, although he tied with George Gray in 1911. Between 1901-14, Ommundsen won, at one time or another, every individual title on offer by the National Rifle Association, and represented Scotland and Great Britain many times. He was regarded at the time as one of the world’s best rifle marksmen who ever shot at Bisley.

In 1908 Ommundsen left his job as a law clerk and moved to London to join gunmakers D. Fraser & Co. where he became involved in the manufacture and sales of arms and ammunition . He was a member of the British team, exclusively comprising of soldiers, who were runners-up to the USA in the military rifle competition at the 1908 London Olympic Games. Retaining his place in the team for Stockholm, he earned another silver medal in the same event. A sergeant at the time of the London Games, he was a Lieutenant in the Honourable Artillery Company when he was killed at the Battle of Ieper in World War I when a shell landed at the entrance of his Company HQ. He had married just a few days before the outbreak of war

Ommundsen co-authored the book Rifles and Ammunition: And Rifle Shooting‎ which was considered a seminal book on marksmanship, and was published just a few weeks before his death. Somewhat of an inventor, his name appears on a number of patents including one for an “improved support for use whilst playing cards”.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 29 London Shooting Men's Military Rifle, 200/500/600/800/900/1,000 Yards, Team Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Shooting Men's Military Rifle, Any Position, 600 metres Great Britain GBR 7
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Shooting Men's Military Rifle, 200, 400, 500 and 600 metres, Team Great Britain GBR 2 Silver

Men's Military Rifle, Any Position, 600 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 88

Men's Military Rifle, 200, 400, 500 and 600 metres, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 2 1,602 276
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Shooting Great Britain GBR 200 metres NP 428 74
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Shooting Great Britain GBR 400 metres NP 410 75
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Shooting Great Britain GBR 500 metres NP 391 69
1912 Summer 33 Stockholm Shooting Great Britain GBR 600 metres NP 373 58

Men's Military Rifle, 200/500/600/800/900/1,000 Yards, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP
1908 Summer 29 London Shooting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 2 2,496 424
1908 Summer 29 London Shooting Great Britain GBR 200 yards NP 419 68
1908 Summer 29 London Shooting Great Britain GBR 500 yards NP 436 74
1908 Summer 29 London Shooting Great Britain GBR 600 yards NP 426 73
1908 Summer 29 London Shooting Great Britain GBR 800 yards NP 433 72
1908 Summer 29 London Shooting Great Britain GBR 900 yards NP 399 70
1908 Summer 29 London Shooting Great Britain GBR 1,000 yards NP 383 67
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