Roland Willoughby

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Referee
Full nameRoland Moffatt Perowne•Willoughby
Used nameRoland•Willoughby
Born6 September 1870 in Marylebone, Greater London, England (GBR)
Died15 February 1954 in Chelsea, Greater London, England (GBR)
Measurements178 cm
AffiliationsLondon Fencing Club, London (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Roland Willoughby was the son of a London solicitor who died one week after Roland’s 11th birthday. Like his father, Willoughby also went into the legal profession. Roland served as a major in the 9th Battalion of the London Territorial Regiment, and saw service in France during World War I, for which he received the Territorial Decoration (TD).

Willoughby was the 1914 British foil champion, and competed in the foil at both the 1920 and 1924 Olympics. In 1921 he was part of the Great Britain team that travelled to the United States for the Anglo-American match. He was a well-respected fencing judge. Additionally, Willoughby was a keen yachtsman, and regularly took part in races on the Thames. He continued both sailing and fencing into his late sixties.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Fencing GBR Roland Willoughby
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) =4 p3 r1/3
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 5
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) 10 p1 r2/4
1924 Summer Olympics Fencing GBR Roland Willoughby
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 3 p3 r2/4


Used given name incorrectly listed as Richard.