D'Arcy McCrea

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEdward D'Arcy•McCrea
Used nameD'Arcy•McCrea
Born7 February 1896 in Dublin, Dublin (IRL)
Died22 December 1940 in Salford, England (GBR)
NOC Ireland


D’Arcy McCrea played all three events at the 1924 Paris Olympics, reaching the quarter-finals of the mixed with Hilda Wallis. McCrea never played at Wimbledon, but he won a number of local tournaments in the British Isles in the 1920s, including the 1922-23 Derbyshire Tournament and the 1927 Manchester Northern Championship, losing in the 1928 final. He played three ties for Ireland in the 1923-24 Davis Cups, winning two of six matches.

McCrea studied at Trinity College, Dublin and was a medical graduate in 1920, earning an MCh in 1922. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1922. He settled at Manchester, becoming registrar of the department of urology at Salford Royal Hospital, and was elected assistant surgeon to the hospital in June 1927, and surgeon in February 1935. McCrea became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1926. He published multiple articles on urology. McCrea was a well-known surgeon, built up a successful practice in Victoria Park, Manchester, and also lectured on physiology at the University of Manchester.

McCrea married Edith Florence Willock, also a medical doctor, who worked in obstetrics. They lived at The Cottage on Barton Road, in Salford, Manchester. On 22 December 1940, while the couple was hosting a party, their home was struck by a parachute mine during the Greater Manchester Blitz and was completely demolished, killing McCrea, his wife, and their two children, Marjorie Gillian and Patrick Phillip. All those at the party also died as there were no survivors.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Tennis IRL D'Arcy McCrea
Singles, Men (Olympic) =61
Doubles, Mixed (Olympic) Hilda Wallis =5
Doubles, Men (Olympic) Walter Ireland =29

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