John Ainsworth-Davis

John Creyghton Ainsworth-Davis (23 April 1895 – 3 January 1976) was a Welsh surgeon and sprint runner who won a gold medal in the 4 × 400 m relay at the 1920 Summer Olympics.

John Ainsworth-Davis
Butler, Ainsworth-Davis, Lindsay, Griffiths 1920.jpg
British relay team at the 1920 Olympics, Ainsworth-Davis is 2nd left
Personal information
Born23 April 1895
Aberystwyth, Wales
Died3 January 1976 (aged 80)
Stockland, Devon, England
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
Sport
SportAthletics
Event(s)400 m
ClubUniversity of Cambridge
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)400 m – 50.0e (1920)[1][2]

BiographyEdit

Ainsworth-Davis studied at Westminster School. During World War I he first served as a captain with the Rifle Brigade and then as pilot in the Royal Flying Corps.

At the 1920 Summer Olympics Ainsworth-Davis ran the third leg for the British 4 × 400 m relay team, which won the event. He also competed in the individual 400 m, to replace Cecil Griffiths who fell ill, and finished fifth.[1][3]

After graduating from University of Cambridge Ainsworth-Davis studied medicine at St. Bartholomew's Hospital and played music at a nightclub to support his family. He could not make time for sport, and retired from competitions after placing fourth in the 440 yards at the 1921 AAA Championships. He became a respected urological surgeon and the Secretary of the Royal Society of Medicine. During World War II he was head of the surgical division of the RAF hospital at RAF Cosford.[1] Later he served as Secretary and President of the Hunterian Society (1958) and Secretary of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Ainsworth-Davis married Marguerite C. Wharry in 1920, with whom he had three children: Mary (1923), John Christopher (1924) (an actor/director/author who wrote under the pen name of Christopher Creighton and used the name John Ainsworth in the theatrical world),[4][5] and Jennifer (1930).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c John Ainsworth-Davis Archived 12 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ John Ainsworth-Davis. trackfield.brinkster.net
  3. ^ "Going for Gold: 1 Cambridgeshire's Olympians". Cambridgeshire County Council. 21 July 2011. Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  4. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0014732/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
  5. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/books-the-spy-who-went-after-the-gold-1312223.html

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