1934 British Empire Games

1934 British Empire Games
2nd British Empire Games
2nd British Empire Games
Host city London, England
Nations participating 17
Athletes participating 500
Events 68
Opening ceremony 4 August
Closing ceremony 11 August
Main Stadium White City Stadium

The 1934 British Empire Games were the second of what is now known as the Commonwealth Games. They were held at the White City Stadium in London, England from 4–11 August 1934, apart from the cycling at Fallowfield Stadium, Manchester, and the swimming, which took place at the Empire Pool in Wembley. Seventeen national teams took part, including the Irish Free State (the only Games in which they participated, although at the 1930 Games a team representing the whole of Ireland competed).

The 1934 Games had originally been awarded to Johannesburg, South Africa, but were changed to London because of concerns (particularly from Canada) about the way South Africa would treat black and Asian athletes.

Six sports were featured in the Games: athletics, boxing, cycling, lawn bowls, swimming and diving, and wrestling. A highlight of the 1934 Games was the inclusion of events for women in athletics, with careful consideration given not to include events that were considered 'too exhaustive'. The running events were restricted to the short sprints and a shortened 4 x 220 yard relay instead of the 4 x 440 yard relay as per the men's program. Nevertheless this was a breakthrough for women in sport that would one day lead to full recognition and programming for women's athletics on the international stage.


Participating teams

Countries which participated

Teams participating for the first time in bold.

  •  Australia
  •  Bermuda
  •  British Guiana
  •  Canada
  •  England
  •  India
  • Republic of Ireland Irish Free State
  •  Jamaica
  •  New Zealand
  • Dominion of Newfoundland Newfoundland
  •  Northern Ireland
  •  Southern Rhodesia
  •  Scotland
  •  South Africa
  •  Wales

Medals by Country

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  England 29 20 24 73
2  Canada 17 25 9 51
3  Australia 8 4 2 14
4  South Africa 7 10 5 22
5  Scotland 5 4 17 26
6  New Zealand 1 0 2 3
7  British Guiana 1 0 0 1
8  Wales 0 3 3 6
9  Northern Ireland 0 1 2 3
10  Jamaica 0 1 1 2
11  Southern Rhodesia 0 0 2 2
12  India 0 0 1 1
Total 68 68 68 204

Medals by event



Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight  Patrick Palmer (ENG)  Maxie Berger (CAN)  Jackie Pottinger (WAL)
Bantamweight  Freddy Ryan (ENG)  Albert Barnes (WAL)  Thomas Wells (SCO)
Featherweight South Africa Charles Catterall (SAF)  J.D. Jones (WAL) Southern Rhodesia William Fulton (RHO)
Lightweight  Leslie Cook (AUS)  Frank Taylor (WAL)  Harry Moy (ENG)
Welterweight  Dave McCleave (ENG) South Africa Dick Barton (SAF)  William Duncan (NIR)
Middleweight  Alf Shawyer (ENG)  Leonard Wadsworth (CAN)  Jimmy Magill (NIR)
Light heavyweight  George Brennan (ENG)  George Holton (SCO) South Africa Robey Leibbrandt (SAF)
Heavyweight  Pat Floyd (ENG) South Africa Jan van Rensburg (SAF)  David Douglas-Hamilton (SCO)



Event Gold Silver Bronze
Time Trial  Dunc Gray (AUS) 1:16.4  Bob McLeod (CAN) 1:18.0 South Africa Ted Clayton (SAF) 1:18.4
Sprint 1000 yd  Ernest Higgins (ENG)  Horace Pethybridge (AUS) South Africa Ted Clayton (SAF)
10 mile Scratch  Bob McLeod (CAN) 24:26.2 South Africa Ted Clayton (SAF)  William Harvell (ENG)


Men's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
3 m springboard  J. Briscoe Ray (ENG) 117.12  Doug Tomalin (ENG) 110.50  Harry Class (CAN) 106.57
10 m platform  Tommy Mather (ENG) 83.83  Doug Tomalin (ENG) 83.63  Louis Marchant (ENG) 70.64

Women's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
3 m springboard  Judith Moss (CAN) 62.27  Lesley Thompson (AUS) 60.49  Doris Ogilvie (CAN) 57.00
10 m platform  Elizabeth MacReady (ENG) 30.74  Lesley Thompson (AUS) 27.64  Cecily Cousens (ENG) 27.36

Lawn Bowls

All events were for men only.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Singles  Robert Sprot (SCO)  W. S. MacDonald (CAN) South Africa Andrew Harvey (SAF)
Pairs  Tommy Hills
and George Wright (ENG)
 W. G. Hutchinson
and A. A. Langford (CAN)
 Thomas Davies
and Stan Weaver (WAL)
Fours  England
Fred Biggin
Ernie Gudgeon
Percy Thomlinson
Robert Slater
 Northern Ireland
Percy Watson
Charlie Clawson
George Watson
Cecil Curran
William Lowe
Charles Tait
James Morrison
James Brown


Men's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 yd freestyle  George Burleigh (CAN) 55.0  George Larson (CAN) 55.6  Noel Crump (NZL) 56.2
440 yd freestyle  Noel Ryan (AUS) 5:03.0  Norman Wainwright (ENG) 5:07.8  Bob Pirie (CAN) 5:14.8
1500 yd freestyle  Noel Ryan (AUS) 18:25.4  Bob Pirie (CAN) 18:28.4  Norman Wainwright (ENG) 18:33.2
100 yd backstroke  Willie Francis (SCO) 01:05.2  John Besford (ENG) 1:05.6  Ben Gazell (CAN) 1:06.6
200 yd breaststroke  Norman Hamilton (SCO) 2:41.4  William McCarty (JAM) 2:42.4  Bill Puddy (CAN) 2:42.8
4×200 yd
freestyle relay
George Larson
George Burleigh
Robert Hooper
Bob Pirie
8:40.6  England
Mostyn Ffrench-Williams
Norman Wainwright
Reginald Sutton
Bob Leivers
8:52.8  Scotland
George Anderson
Henry Cunningham
Merilees Chassels
William Burns
3×110 yd
medley relay
Ben Gazell
George Burleigh
Albert Puddy
3:11.2  Scotland
Merilees Chassels
Norman Hamilton
Willie Francis
3:15.2  England
Alan Summers
John Besford
Mostyn Ffrench-Williams

Women's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 yd freestyle  Phyllis Dewar (CAN) 1:03.0  Irene Pirie (CAN) 1:03.6  Jean McDowell (SCO) 1:05.8
440 yd freestyle  Phyllis Dewar (CAN) 5:45.6 South Africa Jenny Maakal (SAF) 5:53.0  Irene Pirie (CAN) 5:54.4
100 yd backstroke  Phyllis Harding (ENG) 1:13.8  Margot Hamilton (SCO) 1:15.0  Valerie Davies (WAL) 1:18.2
200 yd breaststroke  Clare Dennis (AUS) 2:50.2  Phyllis Haslam (CAN) 2:55.4  Margery Hinton (ENG) 2:58.6
4×110 yd
freestyle relay
Phyllis Dewar
Florence Humble
Margaret Hutton
Irene Pirie
4:21.8  South Africa
Jenny Maakal
Enid Hayward
Kathleen Russell
Molly Ryde
4:34.0  England
Edna Hughes
Beatrice Wolstenholme
Olive Bartle
Margery Hinton
3×110 yd
medley relay
Margaret Hutton
Phyllis Haslam
Phyllis Dewar
3:42.0  England
Phyllis Harding
Vera Kingston
Edna Hughes
3:43.0  Scotland
Jean McDowell
Margot Hamilton
Margaret McCullum


All events were for men only.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Bantamweight  Edward Melrose (SCO)  Ted McKinley (CAN)  Joseph Reid (ENG)
Featherweight  Robert McNab (CAN)  Joe Nelson (ENG)  Murdoch White (SCO)
Lightweight  Dick Garrard (AUS)  G. E. North (ENG)  Howard Thomas (CAN)
Welterweight  Joe Schleimer (CAN)  William Fox (ENG)  Rashid Anwar (IND)
Middleweight  Terry Evans (CAN)  Stanley Bissell (ENG)  Robert Harcus (SCO)
Light heavyweight South Africa Mick Cubbin (SAF)  Bernard Rowe (ENG)  Alex Watt (CAN)
Heavyweight  Jack Knight (AUS)  Pat Meehan (CAN)  Archie Dudgeon (SCO)

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