John William Henry Tyler ('Johnny') Douglas(1882-1930), Cricketer; captain of England, and boxer; Olympian
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Boxer and cricketer; Douglas competed as a middleweight boxer at the 1908 Olympics where he won a gold medal, beating the Australian, Reginald 'Snowy' Baker. This match was later described in The Times as 'one of the most brilliant exhibitions of skilful boxing allied to tremendous hitting ever seen.' An all-round sportsman, Douglas captained the England cricket team, his cautious batting style earning him the nickname, 'Johnny won't hit today'. Douglas died a hero, trying to save his father when the passenger ship in which they were sailing was involved in a collision off the coast of Denmark.