George Burt

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Non-starter
Full nameGeorge Mowlem•Burt
Used nameGeorge•Burt
Born10 January 1884 in Westminster, England (GBR)
Died1 September 1964 in Blindley Heath, England (GBR)
NOC 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 NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Fencing GBR George Burt
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) 8 p6 r1/4
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain =7
1924 Summer Olympics Fencing GBR George Burt
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain DNS