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Ernest Keeley

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameErnest James•Keeley
Used nameErnest•Keeley
Born26 May 1890 in Pretoria (RSA)
Died23 July 1918 in Vlaanderen (BEL)
NOC South Africa


Ernest Keeley competed in four rifle events at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, two individual and two team. After the Olympics he continued competing in events at the Bisley Rifle Range in England until a year before his death. Keeley enlisted in the Northern Mounted Rifles, Cycle and Motor Corps when World War I started. He was wounded at Delville Wood on 17 July 1916 and again at Arras on 9 April 1917, but survived both injuries. He was commissioned a second lieutenant with the 4th South African Infantry on 9 April 1918, and was killed in action at Vlaanderen, Belgium on 23 July 1918. His body was never recovered.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Shooting RSA Ernest Keeley
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men (Olympic) 56
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) South Africa 6
Military Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men (Olympic) 13
Military Rifle, 200, 400, 500 and 600 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) South Africa 4

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