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James Herbert Ferrier Dryden (8 July 1907 – 29 October 1974) was a New Zealand wrestler who won a silver medal at the 1938 British Empire Games.


Early life and family

Born in Gateshead, England, on 8 July 1907, Dryden was the son of Margery Dryden (née Waddell) and Herbert Dryden. The family emigrated to New Zealand on the SS Westmeath in 1913, landing in Wellington, and settling in Wairarapa. On 6 February 1929, Dryden married Lilian Anne Osborne at Carterton.


Dryden won the New Zealand amateur wrestling championship in the heavyweight division in 1937. He was then selected to represent his country at the 1938 British Empire Games in Sydney, where he won the silver medal in the men's heavyweight (100 kg) category. In 1938 and 1939, Dryden successfully defended his heavyweight title at the national amateur championships.

Dryden later contested a number of professional wrestling bouts, particularly in 1942 and 1943, including against Lofty Blomfield and Ken Kenneth.

Later life and death

Dryden married twice more, to Lynda Evelyn Phelps in Tauranga in 1940, and Mary Alison Weedin in Auckland in 1974. He died in Auckland on 29 October 1974, and was buried at Purewa Cemetery, Auckland.


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