Edmond Bury

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEdmond William•Bury
Used nameEdmond•Bury
Born4 November 1884 in Kensington, England (GBR)
Died5 December 1915 in Laventie, Pas-de-Calais (FRA)
NOC Great Britain
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


Edmond Bury was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a double racquets Blue in 1904 and 1905. He was a great forehand court player with the ability to escape from seemingly unlikely positions, but despite his skill was never quite good enough to become a champion although he played in the Amateur Championship on several occasions. In 1908 he took part in the London Olympics and in the singles received a bye in the first round before scratching from his second round match against Henry Brougham. He won a silver medal in the doubles after reaching the final with Cecil Browning and, despite winning the first game with ease, they lost 1-4 to Vane Pennell and John Jacob Astor.

After University Bury qualified as a solicitor, like his father before him, and worked in his father’s practice. He served as a captain in the 11th battalion of the King’s Royal Rifles during the War but was killed in action in France 1915, less than 11 months after his brother Harold was also killed in action in France. Edmond’s son David lost his life during World War II, while flying with 111 Squadron and, like his father, is buried in France.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Racquets GBR Edmond Bury
Singles, Men (Olympic) DNS
Doubles, Men (Olympic) Cecil Browning 2 Silver

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