John James Shepherd

John James Shepherd (2 June 1884 – 9 July 1954) was an English tug of war competitor who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics, in the 1912 Summer Olympics, and in the 1920 Summer Olympics for Great Britain.[2]

Olympic medal record
Men's Tug of war
Gold medal – first place 1908 London Team competition
Gold medal – first place 1920 Antwerp Team competition
Silver medal – second place 1912 Stockholm Team competition
The 1908 City of London Police team that won the gold medal in 1908. (Back row - left to right): Frederick Merriman, John James Shepherd, Edwin Mills, Albert Ireton, Frederick Goodfellow, Frederick Humphreys
(Front row - left to right): Edward Barrett, H. Duke (Captain), William Hirons
The 1912 silver medallist team from Great Britain (left to right; back row - Joseph Dowler*, Alexander Munro *, Edwin Mills, John James Shepherd, H. Stiff, Frederick Humphreys; front row - Walter Tammas *, Walter Chaffe[1]*, Thomas Peel *, Matthias Hynes *, John Sewell ; * = Metropolitan Police, all others City of London Police)

He was part of the British team City of London Police which won two gold medals in 1908 and 1920 and the joint City of London Police-Metropolitan Police "K" Division British team which won a silver medal in 1912.

He was also known for supporting the wrestling styles of Cumberland and Westmorland, and earned multiple heavyweight wrestling titles locally.[3]


  1. ^ Captain and Trainer
  2. ^ "John James Shepherd". Olympedia. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  3. ^ "British Olympic Gold Medallists 1896-2014 | Tug of War".

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