Edward Lessimore

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEdward John•Lessimore
Used nameEdward•Lessimore
Born20 January 1881 in Clifton, England (GBR)
Died7 March 1960 in Bristol, England (GBR)
NOC Great Britain
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


The son of a Bristol architect and surveyor, Edward Lessimore went on to become a successful businessman running a furniture business in the city. He also served the 4th Gloucestershire Regiment for over 20 years, reaching the rank of Captain. As a rifleman, he took part in the King’s Hundred at Bisley several times and also represented England in the McKinnon Cup.

A member of the City of Bristol Rifle Club, the highlight of his shooting career came at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics when, along with William Pimm, Joseph Pepé and Bob Murray, he won the team gold medal in the small-bore rifle 50 metres prone competition. Lessimore also took part in the individual 50 metres event, finishing fourth, losing the bronze medal to his fellow Briton, Harry Burt on a count-back.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Shooting GBR Edward Lessimore
Small-Bore Rifle, Any Position, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) 4
Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 1 Gold
Small-Bore Rifle, Disappearing Target, 25 metres, Men (Olympic) 12