Maurice Blood

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMaurice•Blood
Used nameMaurice•Blood
Born15 February 1870 in Clifton, England (GBR)
Died31 March 1940 in Hampstead, England (GBR)
NOC Great Britain
Nationality Ireland
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


Blood enjoyed relative success at the 1908 London Olympics. He won the free rifle (1000 yards) bronze medal and finished fourth in both the running target single and double shot events, missing out on a bronze in the former by just one point.

Blood made his début at Bisley on the revolver ranges in 1897 and won the Revolver Hold Badge three successive years, 1900-02. He then moved to the longer rifle ranges, and enjoyed even more success, winning the Match Rifle Championship for the Hopton Cup in 1911, 1919, and 1930. In 1931 he set a British Isles record, and what was also believed to be a world record at the time, of hitting 35 consecutive bulls from 1,100 yards.

Blood represented Ireland in many top team competitions, including the McKinnon Match five times in 1908-10 and 1913-14. He also made 26 consecutive appearances for Ireland in the annual international Elcho Shield match between 1904-29, and was captain for three years from 1931.

Blood retired from competitive shooting at the end of the 1934 Bisley Meeting having won nearly 100 match rifle prizes at Bisley, including four in succession in 1911. An outstanding mathematician, Blood was originally a schoolmaster before becoming a stockbroker, and he represented the Stock Exchange Rifle Club in competitive shooting matches.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1908 Summer Olympics Shooting GBR IRL Maurice Blood
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men (Olympic) 11
Free Rifle, 1,000 yards, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Running Target, Single Shot, Men (Olympic) 4
Running Target, Double Shot, Men (Olympic) 4