John Butt

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohn Hurst•Butt
Used nameJohn•Butt
Born30 October 1850 in South Witham, England (GBR)
Died1939 in ?, Surrey (GBR)
NOC Great Britain
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2


John Butt won two Olympic shooting medals, and when he won his second one in 1912, he was 61-years-of-age. He made his Olympic début at London in 1908 and won the team trap bronze medal with the Great Britain II team, and four years later added a silver in the same event.

Around the turn of the 20th century, Butt was a regular winner at the Inanimate Bird Shooting Association Championships, which were launched in 1893. A member of the St. George’s Gun Club in Neasden, he won the prestigious Land and Water Cup in 1895, and the Vice-President’s Trophy in 1898, after three shoot-offs. Butt finished third in the coveted Championship Cup in 1901 and the following year was the Association’s overall champion. The Championships also included an International Challenge and Butt was a member of the winning English team on many occasions.

Prior to his Olympic appearances, one of Butt’s finest moments was in captaining the Great Britain team in the Anglo-American clay-bird match at the Middlesex Gun Club, Hendon, in 1901. By profession, Butt was a cigar importer and London tobacconist.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Shooting GBR John Butt
Trap, Men (Olympic) 24
Trap, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 2 3 Bronze
1912 Summer Olympics Shooting GBR John Butt
Trap, Men (Olympic) 19
Trap, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 2 Silver