Alfred Read

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAlfred George•Read
Used nameAlfred•Read
Born13 October 1878 in Bethnal Green, England (GBR)
Died23 April 1958 in Denham, England (GBR)
AffiliationsCity of London Police A.C., London (GBR)
NOC Great Britain
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


It was believed for many years that Alfred Read was not a member of the 1920 City of London Police gold medal-winning tug-of-war team. Information came to light in 2022, however, which confirmed he was in the team. The son of a Bethnal Green restaurant owner, Read reached the rank of sergeant in the City of London Police. During World War I he was a regimental sergeant major in the 3rd Reserve of the London Regiment.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Tug-Of-War GBR Alfred Read
Tug-Of-War, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 1 Gold