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Barry, Ernest James (1882–1968), sculler, was born on 13 February 1882 at 17 Hermit Road, Canning Town, London, the son of Henry Barry, lighterman, and his wife, Elizabeth Spall. While still an apprentice in 1902, he was entered for the Newcastle handicap, a sculling race on which considerable betting took place, and reached the final. He started favourite but lost by a length to ...

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Beckwith, Frederick Edward (1821–1898), swimmer, was reportedly born at Ramsgate, Kent, on 16 December 1821, the son of William Henry Beckwith, musician. He moved to Lambeth in south London in the early 1840s and worked as a journeyman chair-maker. With Agnes Oram (1831/2–1875)...

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Beresford, Jack [formerly Jack Beresford Wiszniewski] (1899–1977), oarsman, was born at 36 St Mary's Grove, Chiswick, Middlesex, on 1 January 1899, the elder son and eldest of the three children of Julius Beresford Wiszniewski (b. 1868) and his wife, Ethel Mary Wood...

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Jack Beresford (1899–1977) by unknown photographer, 1923 [on shore, left] Getty Images

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Bourne, Gilbert Charles (1861–1933), zoologist and oarsman, was born at Grafton Manor, Worcestershire, on 5 July 1861, the eldest surviving son of Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Bourne, 54th regiment, of Cowarne Court, near Ledbury, and his wife, Anna Eliza, youngest daughter of Samuel Baker, of ...

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Bourne, Robert Croft (1888–1938), politician and oarsman, was born at Doddington Place, Kent, on 15 July 1888, the only son of the two children of Gilbert Charles Bourne (1861–1933), zoologist, and his wife, Constance Margaret Graham (d. 1954), eldest daughter of Sir John Frederick Croft, ...

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Braithwaite, John, the elder (bap. 1760, d. 1818), engineer and diver, was baptized at St Albans Abbey, Hertfordshire, on 20 July 1760, the second son of five children of William Braithwaite (bap. 1732, d. 1800), whitesmith and engine maker, and Mary Crowther (...

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Walter Septimus Brickett (1865–1933) by unknown photographer, 1912 [Brickett on left with water polo team that won gold in Stockholm olympics, 1912] © PA Photos