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George Burt

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGeorge Mowlem•Burt
Used nameGeorge•Burt
Born10 January 1884 in Westminster, Greater London, England (GBR)
Died1 September 1964 in Blindley Heath, Surrey, England (GBR)
NOC(s) Great Britain


Born into a wealthy family that made a fortune in the building industry, Burt learned to fence whilst a pupil at Clifton College. One of Britain’s top fencers in the period before and after the First World War, he made his only Olympic appearance in Antwerp in 1920. He was part of the Great Britain team that finished seventh in the Epee team but he failed to advance past the pool stages of the individual event.

Taking over the running of his family’s Mowlem construction company he was involved in many projects including the building of the BBC headquarters at Bush House and the Port of London Authority Building. A close friend of Winston Churchill, this may have helped when his company were awarded the contract to rebuild Buckingham Palace following war damage. He was knighted by King George VI in 1942.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1920 Summer Olympics Fencing Épée, Individual, Men Olympic 8 p6 r1/4 Representing Great Britain    
  Épée, Team, Men Olympic Great Britain =7