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Jack, Lord Wodehouse

Full name: John "Jack" Wodehouse
Gender: Male
Born: November 11, 1883 in Witton, Norfolk, Great Britain
Died: April 16, 1941 in Westminster, Greater London, Great Britain
Title: 3rd Earl of Kimberley
Affiliations: Hurlingham Club
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Polo

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)


Although he was 36 years old, Jack Wodehouse was the youngest member of the British team which won the gold medals in the 1920 polo tournament, held at Ostend, After leaving Eton, Lord Wodehouse went up to Trinity Hall, Cambridge and after being on the losing side in the polo match against Oxford in 1903 then captained the winning Cambridge team for the next two years. He was a Liberal Member of Parliament for Mid-Norfolk from 1906 to 1910 and it was during his period in the House that he won an Olympic silver medal with the Hurlingham team at the 1908 Olympics. He also played in three Westchester Cup matches and was a member of the old Cantab’s team which won the Champion Cup six times between 1908 and 1914. In the 1914-18 War, Lord Wodehouse served with the 16th Lancers, winning the Military Cross, the Croix de Guerre and the Italian War Cross. After the war, he was assistant private secretary to the Colonial Secretary, Winston Churchill, and was awarded the CBE in 1925. He succeeded his father to the Earldom in 1932 and in 1941, while paying one of his rare visits to London from his Norfolk estates, he was killed in an air raid.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 24 London Polo Men's Polo Hurlingham-2 GBR 2T Silver
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Polo Men's Polo Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Men's Polo

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G
1908 Summer 24 London Polo Hurlingham-2 GBR Round One Match #1 2 1908-06-18 Roehampton-1 4, Hurlingham-2 1 0
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Polo Great Britain GBR Final Round Match 1/2 1 1920-07-31 GBR 13, ESP 11
1920 Summer 36 Antwerpen Polo Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1920-07-26 GBR 8, BEL 3
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