William Philo

William Philo (17 February 1882 in Islington, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom – 7 July 1916 in France) was a British Middleweight professional boxer who competed in the early twentieth century. He won a bronze medal in Boxing at the 1908 Summer Olympics losing against Reginald Baker in the semi-finals.[1] He served in the British Army with the 8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers and was posted missing, aged 34, during the Battle of the Somme in France on 7 July 1916 as a Company Serjeant Major.[2] His remains were not recovered, and his name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial.[3]

Olympic medal record
Men's Boxing
Bronze medal – third place 1908 London Middleweight

1908 Olympic resultsEdit

Below is the record of William Philo, a British middleweight boxer who competed at the 1908 London Olympics:[4]

  • Round of 16: defeated Arthur Murdoch (Great Britain) by decision, 2-1
  • Quarterfinal: bye
  • Semifinal: lost to Reginald Baker (Australia & New Zealand) by first-round knockout (was awarded bronze medal)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "William Philo". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Olympians Who Were Killed or Missing in Action or Died as a Result of War". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  3. ^ Philo, William, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 19 August 2008
  4. ^ "William Philo". Olympedia. Retrieved 20 March 2021.