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 Godfrey Lionel Rampling

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Godfrey Lionel Rampling

Birth
Blackheath, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Greater London, England
Death 20 Jun 2009 (aged 100)
Bushey, Watford Borough, Hertfordshire, England
Burial Watford, Watford Borough, Hertfordshire, England
Memorial ID 38880801 View Source
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Olympic Gold Medal Winner. He helped England take the 4 X 400 metre relay at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Raised in Greenwich, he was educated at the Royal Military Academy, where he began comtetitive running (coached by Walter George, famed miler from the 1800s). After winning the 880 yard event in the 1930 Army games, he concentrated on relay races, and joined the British team for the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. After helping win a Silver Medal in the 4 X 400 event, his training was limited by his duties in the Royal Artillery; still, he managed to capture two Gold Medals in the 1934 British Empire Games (in the individual 440 yards, and the 4 X 440 relay). In 1936, he traveled to Berlin for what was to have been Hitler's "showcase"; Jesse Owens got most of the publicity, but Rampling's team won the 4 X 400 Gold for England. After 1936, Rampling devoted himself to his Royal Army career. He retired after 29 years of service in 1958, and settled in Hertfordshire, where he was a noted golfer. At his death, he was the last male competitor from the 1932 Games, and the last Gold Medalist from 1936. His daughter is actress Charlotte Rampling.

Bio by: Bob Hufford


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
  • Added: 29 Jun 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 38880801
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/38880801/godfrey-lionel-rampling : accessed ), memorial page for Godfrey Lionel Rampling (14 May 1909–20 Jun 2009), Find a Grave Memorial ID 38880801, citing West Herts Crematorium, Watford, Watford Borough, Hertfordshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .