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John Symes

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohn•Symes
Used nameJohn•Symes
Born11 January 1879 in Crediton, Devon, England (GBR)
Died23 September 1944 in Sandford, Devon, England (GBR)
AffiliationsDevon & Somerset Wanderers, Castle Cary (GBR) / Crediton Cricket Club, Crediton (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


John Symes opened the batting for the Devon & Somerset Wanderers in both innings in the 1900 Olympic match. He scored the modest total of 16 runs; more importantly, however, he had the foresight to bring home a scorecard of the match, completed in his own handwriting. This historical document is the only detailed record of this unique Olympic cricket match.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1900 Summer Olympics Cricket GBR John Symes
Cricket, Men (Olympic) Devon and Somerset Wanderers 1 Gold


Date and place of death previously given as 21 September 1942 in Newton Abbott, Devon, but they belong to one John Symes who was born c 1872.