The Attitude of Britain towards the Olympic Games in 1919
Former British Olympians were just some of the many thousands of British service personnel who lost their lives during The Great War. Among the most prominent Olympic-related deaths were those of promising javelin thrower, Frederick Kitching, long jumper, Henry Ashington and 1908 400-metre Champion Wyndham Hallswelle. These losses, along with the countless other deaths of British sports people, had a deep impact upon British sport in the period after the end of hostilities. In rowing for example, leading Leander Club believed that it had lost 150 members.1 Other sporting clubs suffered a similar fate2 and sport, like other occupations, felt a deep sense of loss at the end of the war.
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