Delaval Astley

Major Delaval Graham L'Estrange Astley (December 7, 1868 – May 17, 1951) CB DL was a Major in the British Army. He has been claimed to have won a medals at the 1924 Winter Olympics for both the British and Swedish Curling teams. Despite being on the reserve British team, he made no appearances for either team during the Olympics and therefore was not eligible for a medal.


Delaval Astley

Delaval Graham L'Estrange Astley

(1868-12-07)December 7, 1868
DiedMay 17, 1951(1951-05-17) (aged 82)
Other namesD. G. Astley
Spouse(s)Kate Clark (1897-1951)
ChildrenJoan Doreen Astley
Betty L'Estrange Astley
Parent(s)Frederic Astley
Emma Screiber

Early life

Delaval Astley was born on 7 December 1868 to Frederic Astley and Emma Schreiber.[1]

Sporting career


Curling made its first appearance at an Olympic Games at the 1924 Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France.[2] Four teams took part, one from Great Britain, one from France and two teams from Sweden.[3] Astley appeared on the reserve team for the British. It was claimed that Astley had played at some point for the British team thus becoming eligible, and also playing for Sweden in a playoff match with the French team. This would have meant that Astley won both a gold and silver medal for different countries in the same sport - the only time this would have occurred. However, Astley actually made no appearances during the 1924 Winter Olympics for any teams and was not eligible for medals of any type.[3][4][5]


  1. "Delaval Graham L'Estrange Astley". The Peerage. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  2. "Curling: Equipment and History". Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  3. Weeks, Bob (2008). Curling, Etcetera: A Whole Bunch of Stuff About the Roaring Game. J. Wiley & Sons Canada: Mississauga, Ont. p. 108. ISBN 9780470156131.
  4. Gillon, Doug (23 January 2006). "The Herald sweeps Britain to curling gold medal Doug Gillon explains how a team of Scots have finally been honoured . . . 82 years on". The Herald. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  5. Cowan, Bob (6 November 2013). "Curling at the 1924 Winter Olympics: Part 1 - The GB Curlers". Retrieved 22 February 2014.
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