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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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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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John R. Baker and C. M. Pitman

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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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L. G. W. Legg

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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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Burnell, Charles Desborough (1876–1969), oarsman, was born at Notting Hill, London, on 13 January 1876, the only child of George Edward Burnell, stockbroker, of Notting Hill, and his wife, Harriet Desborough. He was educated at Eton College and Magdalen College, Oxford, before becoming senior partner in the stockbroking firm of ...

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Bushnell, Bertram Harold Thomas [Bert] (1921–2010), sculler and marine engineer, was born on 3 September 1921 at the Boat House, Wargrave, Berkshire, the second of two sons of John Henry Bushnell, king's waterman and boat builder, and his wife, Lena, née Simmons. He left ...

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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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Coombes, Robert (1808–1860), oarsman, was born at Vauxhall, Surrey, and was apprenticed at an early age as a waterman on the Thames. His first sculling victory came in July 1836 and during the next fifteen years he established himself as one of the principal professional scullers of his time. Although he was only ...

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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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H. B. Playford

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Fairbairn, Stephen (1862–1938), oarsman, was born at Toorak, Melbourne, Australia, on 25 August 1862, the fifth of the six sons of George Fairbairn and his wife, Virginia Charlotte, youngest daughter of George Armytage of Geelong, Victoria, a native of Derbyshire. George Fairbairn, having emigrated from ...

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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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Gentry, Amy Constance (1903–1976), oarswoman, was born on 26 July 1903 at 111 White Hart Lane, Barnes, Surrey, the first of the two children of Carl Otto Gentry (1871–1949), book publisher's representative, and his wife, Amy Carr Wright (1868–1955). Born near to the ...

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G. O. Nickalls

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Gold, Sir Harcourt Gilbey (1876–1952), oarsman, was born at Wooburn Green, Buckinghamshire, on 3 May 1876, the ninth and youngest child of Henry Gold (1835–1900), of Hedsor, Buckinghamshire, a director of W. and A. Gilbey, wine merchants, and his wife, Charlotte Anne, daughter of ...

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W. S. Jackson

revised by Eric Halladay

Hanlan [Hanlon], Edward (1855–1908), oarsman, was born of Irish parents in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 12 July 1855, one of two sons and two daughters of John Hanlon, hotel proprietor, and his wife, Mary Gibbs. He married on 19 December 1877 Margaret Gordon Sutherland...

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Holmes, Andrew Jeremy [Andy] (1959–2010), oarsman and rowing coach, was born on 15 October 1959 at 60 Field Heath Road, Hillingdon, Middlesex, the third son and fourth child of Donald George Holmes, schoolteacher and boat builder, and his wife, Janet Mary, née Hider...

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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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Kinnear, William Nicoll Duthie (1880–1974), oarsman, was born William Nicoll Duthie, on 3 December 1880, at Balmanno in the parish of Marykirk, Kincardine, the son of Mary Duthie (b. 1849/50), of 22 Clerk Street, Brechin, Forfar. Mary Duthie was the daughter of ...

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William Nicoll Duthie Kinnear (1880–1974) by unknown photographer, 1912 © Auriol Kensington Rowing Club