Herbert Perry

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHerbert Spencer•Perry
Used nameHerbert•Perry
Born23 January 1894 in Ladybrand, Free State (RSA)
Died20 July 1966 in Bridport, England (GBR)
NOC Great Britain
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


Herbert Perry was commissioned from the Special Reserve into Royal Artillery in 1916 and retired from the Army in 1920 as a lieutenant with the honorary rank of captain. At 30 years of age, he was the youngest member of the team that won the gold medals in the running deer – double shot team event at the 1924 Olympics and he played a significant role in Britain’s narrow victory. With only Perry left to shoot, Norway led Britain by 67 pointes and as Perry only managed 29 points with his first 10 shots, victory seemed assured for the Norwegians but with his final 10 shots Perry scored 39 points to give Britain a dramatic one point win. Perry’s second series was the best 10 shots of the entire competition. He also placed 13th in the individual double shot event.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Shooting GBR Herbert Perry
Running Target, Double Shot, Men (Olympic) =13
Running Target, Double Shot, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 1 Gold