David Lindsay - Lieutenant David Powell Lindsay / 621641
Swimming / Games of the IX Olympiad, Amsterdam 1928
Died 12th September 1943 from gunfire during the fighting in Italy aged 37 years
In 1928, New Zealand sent a team of 10 to Amsterdam to compete in the Olympic Games, the first time the Games spanned just 16 days instead of several months. It was also the first time the Olympic flame was lit.
Wellingtonian and School Master David Lindsay represented New Zealand in the pool, competing in the 400m and 1500m Freestyle. David placed 3rd in his 400m heat and 4th in his 1500m heat, narrowly missing out on a finals berth.
Lindsay enlisted for WWII in Dannevirke and fought in Italy. He died when a shell from a 25-pounder firing short hit him and several men in his platoon.
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