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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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Clasper, Henry [Harry] (1812–1870), oarsman and boat builder, was born at Dunston, near Newcastle upon Tyne, on 5 July 1812, the son of Robert and Jane Clasper. He married his cousin Suzannah Hawks on 19 September 1836 and they had eight daughters and five sons, the eldest of whom was ...

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Clasper, John Hawks [Jack] (1836–1908), boat builder and oarsman, born in Newcastle upon Tyne on 13 October 1836, was the eldest of thirteen children (eight daughters and five sons) of Henry Clasper (1812–1870), oarsman and boat builder, and his wife, Suzannah, née Hawks...

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Deane, Charles Anthony (1796–1848), diver and inventor of diving equipment, was born in September 1796 at 53 Hughes Fields, Deptford, Kent, and was baptized at St Nicholas's Church, Deptford, on 2 October 1796, the son of John Deane (bap. 1766, d. 1830)...

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Edwards, Hugh Robert Arthur (1906–1972), oarsman, was born at Westcote Barton, Oxfordshire, on 17 November 1906, the fifth of six children (and fourth son) of the Revd Robert Stephen Edwards, rector of Westcote Barton, and his wife, Annie van Mottman. He was educated at ...

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Ferris, Richard (bap. 1561?, d. 1613?), oarsman, was a native of Westminster. An infant of his name was baptized at St Margaret's Church, Westminster, on 26 October 1561, the son of another Richard Ferris, who had married Agnes Goodlad there on 22 April 1554. The elder ...

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Sir Edward Richard George Heath (1916–2005) by Jane Bown, 1978 © Guardian News and Media Ltd 2005

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Heath, Sir Edward Richard George [Ted] (1916–2005), prime minister, was born at 1 Holmwood Villas, Albion Road, Broadstairs, Kent, on 9 July 1916, the elder son of William George Heath (1888–1976), carpenter and builder, and his wife, Edith Annie, née Pantony (d...

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Harold Hartley

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Kelly, Frederick Septimus (1881–1916), composer and oarsman, was born on 29 May 1881 at 47 Phillip Street, Sydney, Australia, the seventh child and fourth son of Thomas Hussey Kelly (1830–1901) of Glenyarrah, Double Bay, Sydney, an Irish-born businessman with interests in wool and tin who founded the ...

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Lucy Morton (1898–1980) by unknown photographer, 1924 [right, with C. Jeans at the Olympic games] © Popperfoto

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Morton [married name Heaton], Lucy (1898–1980), swimmer, was born at New Tatton, Knutsford, Cheshire, on 23 February 1898, the daughter of Alfred Morton, a groom in domestic service, and his wife, Jessie, née Bradbury. The family subsequently moved to Blackpool, Lancashire, where her father became an attendant to the mayor of ...

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Harcourt Gold

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Nickalls, Guy (1866–1935), oarsman, was born at Horton Kirby, Kent, on 12 November 1866, the third son of Tom Nickalls (1828–1899) of Horton Kirby and afterwards of Patteson Court, Nutfield, Surrey, and his wife, Emily Quihampton. His father, a stockbroker, was an original member of the ...

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William Robert Walker (1869–1918) by Charles Edward Shuttleworth Beloe, 1907 [left, with his assistant, William West] private collection

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Walker [formerly Bellenie, Bellenie-Walker], William Robert (1869–1918), diver, was born William Robert Bellenie on 21 October 1869 at 124 Hill Street, Walworth, Surrey, one of four sons and one daughter in the family of William John Bellenie, a carpenter of Italian ancestry, and his wife, ...

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Matthew Webb [Captain Webb] (1848–1883) by Elliott & Fry, c. 1875 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Webb, Matthew [known as Captain Webb] (1848–1883), swimmer, was born on 18 January 1848 at Dawley, Shropshire, one of a family of twelve children of Matthew Webb (1813–1876), a country doctor, and his wife, Sarah. By the age of eight he had learned to swim in the ...

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Woodgate, Walter Bradford [pseud. Wat Bradwood] (1840–1920), oarsman and writer, was born at Belbroughton rectory, Worcestershire, on 20 September 1840, the eldest son of the Revd Henry Arthur Woodgate (1801–1874), rector of Belbroughton and canon of Worcester, and his wife, Maria, née...