Eric Liddell
(1902-1945)

Died aged c. 43

Eric Henry Liddell (/ˈlɪdəl/; 16 January 1902 – 21 February 1945) was a Scottish athlete, rugby union international player, and missionary, who chose between his religious beliefs and competing in an Olympic race. At the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, Liddell refused to run in the heats for his favoured 100 metres because they were on a Sunday. He instead competed in the 400 metres, which he won. He returned to China in 1925 to serve as a missionary teacher. Aside from two furloughs in Scotland, he remained in China until his death in a Japanese civilian internment camp in 1945. Liddell's Olympic training and racing, and the religious convictions that influenced him, are depicted in the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire, in which he is portrayed by fellow Scot Ian Charleson.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

In honour of Eric H. Liddell 1902-1945 Olympic 400 metres champion (1924) graduate of the University, teacher and missionary who lived here 1922-1924

Edinburgh University, George Square, Edinburgh, United Kingdom where they lived (1922-1924)

Eric Henry Liddell (1902-1945), a Tianjin-born Englishman, completed his study in Great Britain and broke the male world record for the 400 meter run in the 8th Olympic Games in 1924. He came back to Tianjin the next year and worked as the teacher in Xinxue Middle School. Besides, he has attended the anti-Japanese bush fighting in central Hebei province. In 1945, he died in Japanese concentration camp in Weifang, Shandong province.

38 Chongqing Dao, Tianjin, China where they lived