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Friday, 19 November, 1999, 06:57 GMT
Olympic rider Sir Harry is mourned
Sir Harry Llewellyn won gold at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.

The ashes of Olympic gold medal-winner Sir Harry Llewellyn are to be scattered near the spot where his beloved horse Foxhunter is buried.

The legendary showjumper died on Monday at his home near Abergavenny in Monmouthshire after a long illness. He was 88.

Sir Harry was best known for his Gold medal win at the 1952 Olympic Games on his beloved horse Foxhunter.

Sir Harry had been ill for some time
After a cremation service, Sir Harry's ashes will be scattered near the spot where the world famous horse was buried.

He and Foxhunter were feted nationally for winning the Olympic Gold Medal for the British equestrian team at Helsinki with a final clear round.

Born in 1911 in Aberdare and named Henry Morton Llewellyn, Sir Harry was the second son of colliery owner Sir David Llewellyn.

He was educated at Oundle School and Trinity College, Cambridge.

Olympian and war hero

Sir Harry worked hard over the years to become a senior figure in the equestrian world where his close colleagues included the Duke of Edinburgh.

He was a regular steeplechaser before the war coming second in the Grand National in 1936. He came fourth in 1937.

His military achievements were also recognised as he quickly rose in rank to Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded the OBE in 1944.

Sir Harry worked as senior liaison officer to General Montgomery for the whole of the north-western Europe campaign, earning the American Legion of Merit for his services.


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