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Vivian Lockett

Olympic medal record

Men's Polo
Gold 1920 Antwerp polo

Vivian Noverre Lockett (February 18, 1880 - May 31, 1962) was a colonel in the British army, and a polo player who won a gold medal for the United Kingdom at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp.[1]

Born in New Brighton, Merseyside, he attended Wellington, Trinity College, Cambridge,[2] and Sandhurst. Upon graduating from Sandhurst he joined the Royal Field Artillery before moving to the 17th Lancers, and in 1927 succeeded his fellow Olympian Tim Melville as Commanding Officer. He retired from the army in 1933 but was recalled in 1940 as commander of the Cavalry Training Centre in Edinburgh.[1]

He married Violet Coleman in 1915 and had three children. He died in Norwich in 1962.

Polo career

Lockett competed in the Westchester Cup in five matches between 1913 and 1921 and their 1914 victory was England's last until 1997.[3] He was part of the team that won the army's inter-regimental tournament in India in both 1913 and 1914. When polo recommenced after the war, he was part of the team that won the inter-regimental championship every year between 1920 and 1930, other than 1927. Despite all this, he surprisingly failed to win a polo Blue whilst at Cambridge.

In 1920 he represented the United Kingdom in the polo event, along with Teignmouth Melville, Frederick Barrett and John Wodehouse, 3rd Earl of Kimberley. They defeated Spain in the final to win the gold medal.[4]



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