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Evan James

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHarry Evan•James
Used nameEvan•James
Born20 November 1865 in Holborn, Greater London, England (GBR)
Died13 March 1951 in Lewisham, Greater London, England (GBR)
AffiliationsMagrini's School of Arms, London (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Despite winning the British foil and sabre titles, H. Evan James was equally well known as a fencing judge, and served the Amateur Fencing Association for more than 30 years. Originally a member of the Westminster School of Arms, and later Bertrand’s Academy, James reached the final of the national Foil Championship in 1900, but lost to Thomas Hobbins. A year later, James was champion after beating Bulkey Praed. Two runners-up berths followed in 1902 and 1903, when he was beaten by John Jenkinson on both occasions. In the second of those years, however, James won the Sabre Championship for the one and only time. He joined the Westminster Dragoons in the early part of the 20th century and went on to serve in World War I. After the War he resumed his fencing career, and became captain of Bertram’s in the 1920s.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Fencing GBR Evan James
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain =5
1920 Summer Olympics Fencing GBR Evan James
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) =7 p2 r1/3
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 5

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