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Herbert Haydon Wilson won a gold medal at the 1908 London Olympics in Polo, he died 11 April 1917 aged 42.<br />
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During the First World War no fewer than 135 Olympians perished, including 50 Britons, according to new book, 'The Extinguished Flame'. <br />
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Just as cricketers, footballers and rugby players from the day were called up for duty elite athletes too had to swap their spikes for military garb. <br />
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While rival competitors from across the world should have been competing at the 1916 Olympic Games they were instead fighting on the battlefield.<br />
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The most distinguished of all the Olympian casualties is the most highly decorated British officer of the First World War, Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, one of only three men to achieve two VC's.