Denys Carnill

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Denys Carnill, the former Great Britain and England hockey captain, has died a few weeks after celebrating his 90th birthday last month.

He played in three Olympics, Helsinki (1952), Melbourne (1956) and Rome (1960), winning a bronze medal at his first Olympics.

A left back, he was capped 45 times for England and 27 times for Great Britain, in an era when very few internationals took place annually

He learnt his hockey at Hitchin Grammar School and later played for Oxford University and Cheltenham.

John Cockett who played with him at the 1952 and '56 Olympics, says of Carnill, “He was not only sound but very quick and a lovely bloke to have alongside you”.

Carnill was also an accomplished cricketer, representing Hertfordshire.

His funeral on Friday week will be a private family occasion but Dean Close where he taught for many years are to hold a Memorial Service later in the year.

England Hockey's thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.

Written by: Pat Rowley.