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Wilfred Edwards

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCharles Wilfred•Edwards
Used nameWilfred•Edwards
Born23 October 1889 in Chester, Cheshire West and Chester, England (GBR)
Died15 July 1950 in Chester, Cheshire West and Chester, England (GBR)
AffiliationsChester Amateur Swimming Club, Chester (GBR)
NOC(s) Great Britain


The son of a Chester veterinary surgeon, Wilfred Edwards was better known as a water polo player rather than a swimmer, and as a member of the Chester Swimming club won representative honours with Cheshire, the Northern Counties and one international cap for England against France. He took part in the 100 freestyle at the 1908 Olympic trials at Southport and White City, and finished second on each occasion to Addin Tyldesley. Edwards was one of six British swimmers in the 100 at the Olympics and, with George Dockrell, was one of only two to win their heat, albeit in the slowest of the nine heats. Edwards also swam in the 1912 Stockholm Olympic trial, but never gained selection.

Edwards served in the Veterinary Corps in France during World War I, and was mentioned in dispatches. He was also a member of the Royal Chester Rowing Club where he was a fine cox. He worked in the motor garage of the famous Grosvenor Hotel in Chester, and he was working in the garage when he suddenly collapsed and died.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1908 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic AC h1 r2/3 Representing Great Britain