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See Beckwith, Frederick Edward

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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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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

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Brickett, Walter Septimus (1865–1933), swimming coach, was born at 121 Grove Street, St Pancras, London, on 24 June 1865, the fifth son in the family of at least five sons and two daughters of James Brickett (1828–1879), greengrocer, and his wife, Sarah, née...

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Cooper [married name Badcock], (Margaret) Joyce (1909–2002), swimmer, was born in Ceylon on 18 April 1909, the daughter of Arthur Murray Cooper. Her family returned to England from Ceylon after the First World War and settled on the south coast. She learned to swim in ...

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Elizabeth Anne Esther Ferris (1940–2012) by David Lees, 1960 © Getty Images

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Ferris, Elizabeth Anne Esther [Liz] (1940–2012), diver, doctor, and campaigner for gender equality in sport, was born on 19 November 1940 at the Mary Stanley Nursing Home in Bridgwater, Somerset, the second of three daughters and third of four children of Roy Ferris (1903–1975)...

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Jane Fletcher (1890–1968) by Bob Thomas, 1912 [Fletcher, second to left, with 400-metre relay team that won gold in Stockholm olympics, 1912] © Popperfoto/Getty Images

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Fletcher, Jane [Jennie] (1890–1968), swimmer, was born at 46 Checkett's Road, Belgrave, Leicester, on 19 March 1890, the fourth daughter of John Frederick Fletcher, shoe riveter and later fishmonger, and his wife, Emily, née Wilkinson. Known as Jennie, she was one of eleven children, of whom nine survived into adulthood. They helped out at their father's stall in ...