Arnold Strode-Jackson, Olympic Athlete 1891-1972

A.N.S. Strode-Jackson came to Brasenose in 1910 and his sporting reputation was made during his Oxford days. He rowed and played football and hockey for the College, being Captain of the Hockey XI. He won the mile race for Oxford against Cambridge three times and was President of the Oxford University Athletic Club. Whilst still an undergraduate he became an Olympic gold medallist, winning the 1500 metres in the Stockholm Olympics of 1912.

During the First World War he was mentioned in Dispatches six times and earned the D.S.O. with three bars. The War put an end to Jackson's sporting career, for he was wounded three times and left permanently lame. He went on to be a member of the Olympic Council and worked in industry in the United States for many years, returning to Oxford to live in the 1960s.

He was also a Justice of the Peace in America and the story is told that on one occasion, performing a civil marriage between a Protestant and a Roman Catholic, he was asked to introduce some Latin into the ceremony for the benefit of the latter. He used the Brasenose grace, telling the participants that its meaning was that they should be very grateful for what they were about to receive.



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