John Field-Richards

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohn Charles•Field-Richards
Used nameJohn•Field-Richards
Born10 May 1878 in Penzance, England (GBR)
Died18 April 1959 in Lymington, England (GBR)
NOC Great Britain
Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2


Although Captain John Fields-Richards is not mentioned in the 1908 Official Report, his participation is confirmed by many reports in the national press and sporting magazines which show that he joined Bernard Redwood as a crew member aboard Tom Thornycroft’s Gyrinus II. Redwood and Field-Richards later purchased the winning Olympic boat and raced her successfully as co-owners. John Field-Richards was the son of a Cornish clergyman and was educated privately and at Keble College, Oxford. During the war, he served as a major with the Hampshire and the Yorkshire Regiments and was awarded the OBE for his work as a Staff Officer. On leaving the Army in 1920 he retired to Jersey but later settled in Hampshire.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Motorboating GBR John Field-Richards
B-Class (Under 60 feet), Open (Olympic) Gyrinus 1 Gold
C-Class, Open (Olympic) Gyrinus 1 Gold