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William Philo

Full name: William Philo
Nickname(s): Will
Gender: Male
Born: February 17, 1882 in Islington, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: July 7, 1916 in Albert, Somme, France
Affiliations: Gainsford Amateur Boxing Club
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)


The son of London butcher Robert Philo, his father had to bring up the young William and his brother and sister, because their mother died when William was just eight. Philo left school at an early age to become a boy soldier and served in the South African War of 1899. He took up boxing in the Army, fighting with some minor success as a middleweight and was selected for the 1908 London Olympics, coming home with a bronze medal.

Philo left the Army in the Olympic year and worked as an engineer’s assistant. His boxing career came to an end shortly after his Boxing Day marriage, ironically, to wife Ellen as she was not happy about his pugilism, so he gave up the sport. He returned to Army duties on the outbreak of the War and served as a company sergeant major with the 8th battalion, Royal Fusiliers but was lost, presumed killed, in action during the Battle of the Somme.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 26 London Boxing Men's Middleweight Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze

Men's Middleweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR JF
1908 Summer 26 London Boxing Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1908-10-27 Baker (ANZ) , Philo (GBR)
1908 Summer 26 London Boxing Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1908-10-27 Philo (GBR) bye
1908 Summer 26 London Boxing Great Britain GBR Round One Match #3 1 1908-10-27 Philo (GBR) , Murdoch (GBR) decision 2
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