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Shearman, John
TRC-A-0007 · Person · 1855-1940

Jack Shearman was the son of Montague Shearman (who had won the Stewards' Challenge Cup at Henley) and Mary (nee Catty), the sister of early Thames members Frederick and James Catty.

While a teenager, he coxed the winning Wyfold Challenge Cup crews of 1870 and 1871. His brother, another Montague, later rowed for Thames.

Slater, William Lord
TRC-A-0005 · Person · 1842-29 March 1914

Born in Cork to Alvara Lofthouse Slater and Charlotte Augusta Millicent Daunt.
Died in Kingsbridge, Devon.

Lowe, A J
TRC-A-0006 · Person · nk
Eyre, William Henry
TRC-A-0002 · Person · 1848-1939

Born in Corbridge, Northumberland.
Part of TRC's first winning crew at Henley - the Wyfold Challenge Cup in 1870 - and then went on to win in several other events.
He was Captain in the 1871 season.
He served as a Steward of Henley for over 30 years and only missed the regatta in 1939, shortly before he died.
He was a Solicitor (a partner, with Walter Rye, in Rye & Eyre of Golden Square) and was closely involved in the negotiation of the purchase of the freehold of the clubhouse and land.
Aside from Thames, he also had a long association with Kensington Rowing Club.

Law, Alex
TRC-A-1309 · Person
Pape, Abby
TRC-A-1292 · Person
Rayner, Pauline A
TRC-A-0080 · Person · 1940-2024

Obituary from the Thames RC website:

Pauline was a member of Thames RC for over 40 years, and the club’s first female captain, chair and president.

Pauline first took up rowing aged 13 at Alpha Women’s Amateur Rowing Club in Chiswick and started racing almost immediately, competing in her first Women’s Eights Head of the River Race (WEHORR) just before her 14th birthday. She represented Great Britain at the 1960 European Rowing Championships.

In 1983 Pauline joined Thames RC, and quickly became an integral part of the club. As a teacher she was key to building the rowing programme at Putney High School, running the squad out of Thames and later Barn Elms Boat House for a time and teaching many young women to row. Later on she coached the Thames novice squad for many years, imparting her rowing wisdom firmly and honestly.

At the same time Pauline kept up her own rowing career, winning hundreds of veteran medals at events in the UK and worldwide. Until recently she rarely missed competing in WEHORR, and was fond of putting together carefully selected crews for Veteran Fours Head of the River and the Vesta Veterans Head – often with great success and another pennant to add to her considerable collection. She also held indoor rowing records during her career, which lasted well into her 70s.

Pauline was elected as captain of Thames in 1990 and served until 1993; she then took over as the club chair between 2001 and 2009, and also served as membership secretary for many years. She was made club president in 2019. During her time on the club committee Pauline played a major role in managing and fundraising for the construction of a new gym, opened in 2005. She was awarded an MBE in 2007 for services to sport.

Pauline also looked after the simpler needs of the club, cooking athlete meals for a time and for many, many years running the weekend refreshments table – including baking huge trays of delectable flapjacks, which were devoured by hungry rowers.

The club was delighted in 2019 to name a new women’s eight in Pauline’s honour and the shell has since recorded several wins, including back-to-back wins in the Copas Cup for club eights at Henley Women’s Regatta. The 2023 crew were thrilled that Pauline was able to witness the victory in person.

Pauline was also able to attend Henley Royal Regatta in July 2023 to see three Thames victories, including the second win in the club women’s event, the Wargrave Challenge Cup, and celebrated those again at the annual dinner in late November. It was a delight for all that she was able to be at both events.

Pauline’s contribution to the club cannot be underestimated, and she will be remembered fondly and missed hugely by all.

Wober, H A
TRC-A-0608 · Person · 6 June 1939-19 October 2023
Tagg, S G
TRC-A-1288 · Person · nk
Rowsell, Edmund Penning
TRC-A-1285 · Person · 26 May 1882-26 December 1964

Born Edmund S Rowsell, but changed his middle name in 1912 to that of his father.

Joined TRC in 1905. Rowed at Henley in 1910 and 1911. In 1911 he was 7 in the Thames Cup eight.

Drew the club's attention to 'Hear the Boat Sing' which was then purchased to form the centrepiece of the War Memorial. Later donated a smaller reproduction of the painting.

Unknown donor
TRC-A-1284 · Person · 1860-

Authority record for the 'creator' of the fonds PER-9, which is used for non-TRC records donated to the club (e.g. rowing programmes etc from overseas) where the donor is now unknown.

Tubbs, Alfred Thomas
TRC-A-1282 · Person · 22 June 1840-April 1925

An early committee member.

A wholesale haberdasher in 1861.

Heritage, James
TRC-A-1148 · Person · December 1834-?

Cox of a coxed pair in the first race by City of London Rowing Club for which crews are recorded.

In 1861 was working as a warehouseman for a Manchester Warehouse (i.e. a textile warehouse) and living in a company dormitory in Knowle’s Court (part of Knightrider Court), south off Carter Lane, in Castle Baynard Ward of the City of London. Given the location of this dormitory, his employer was almost certainly Cook, Son & Company.

Catty, Frederick Adam
TRC-A-1178 · Person · 1803-1891

He was a lawyer's clerk at the Guildhall.

TRC-A-0036 · Person · 18 August 1835-1903

A founding member of the club and its first Captain, Frederick Catty was also a member of London Rowing Club.

He was born in Cambridge but by 1851 had moved with his family to Putney - his father was a lawyer's clerk. At the time of the founding of the club he was living at Hope Cottage in Charlwood Terrace (which appears to have been later demolished to make way for terraced housing.

He joined the Bank of England as a clerk in 1854 and remained there until his retirement in 1897.

Catty was involved in a controversy at London RC related by Chris Dodd in 'Water Boiling Aft':

“Henley was a mixed bag for London in 1858… London had to reshuffle [the crew of their eight in the Grand Challenge Cup] on the morning of the race, because Frederick Catty, the number 3, did not show up. Nottidge was put in at four and Schlotel moved from four to three...There was a fearful argument about Catty’s absence, some accusing London of orchestrating a last-minute substitution of a better oarsman. Nottidge denied this by pointing out that he himself had been unwell on the morning of the race and had almost fainted in a Henley chemist’s shop. The argument was fuzzy, and rumbled on despite Catty’s explanation of his action. On 5 July he replied to a sharp note from Frank Playford and Casamajor, the joint secretaries: ‘It is with much surprise and regret that I have read your note of the third instant. In reply I beg to mention that the captain and crew are aware that I would not row at Henley Regatta because the Governor of the Bank of England, in which establishment I am a clerk, seeing by the newspapers that I was about to row, expressly forbade me from leaving the bank and if I had disobeyed this injunction I should have been dismissed from my appointment.’

'With reference to a public or private explanation, it did not appear to me to be necessary as I sent a telegraphic message to Henley on the day of the race and my brother-in-law Mr Shearman who was at Henley the same day explained to the crew the reason of my absence; moreover last Thursday I saw the captain of the club and our Hon Sec Mr Casamajor and no mention was made as to the necessity of explaining a matter which was so well known to the crew and I believe to the club.’

‘The crew are aware how deeply I was mortified at not being able to row, indeed the mortification and anxiety with respect to my position in the bank made me so unwell that I was sent away sick leave on the report of Mr Alfred Ince the surgeon to the bank and did not return for nearly a week... I have no desire to incur the censure of the club in addition to the mortification I have already suffered.’

Catty survived a motion of expulsion by thirty-one to ten, a narrow reprieve because the voting system used was one black ball in three to expel him...

Catty's reputation was still under speculation more than one hundred and thirty years later: 'Catty, of course, had by then withdrawn from the scene with as much dignity as he could muster,' wrote Geoffrey Page in 1991. 'It is therefore interesting to speculate about his appearance in 1861 as the first captain of the City of London RC. Whether it was out of pique because of his treatment by London, or from friendship with some of the other founders, or from a desire to form a new club with less competitive aims, it is now impossible to say.'

London's records go some way to defusing such speculation, however. They show that Catty rowed in club races in twelve-oars, eights, fours and pairs, for the next five years. Moreover, during his tenure as captain of City of London RC he sat on the London committee, and took part in trial eights in 1862 and 1863. This was hardly a withdrawal from the London scene."

In 1863 he found himself at odds with the rest of the Thames RC Committee over proposals to construct a clubhouse. He proposed that 'the promoters of the building scheme pay for the expenses attendant upon ascertaining the exact costs of the affair.' After his proposal was rejected by 24 votes to 1, he resigned as Captain.

His younger brother James later served as the fourth Captain.

Tibbatts, Joseph
TRC-A-1249 · Person · 1841-?

Cannot be certain, but this would appear to be a good candidate for the J. Tibbatts who raced in the first recorded City of London RC race in 1860 and who was on the first Committee from 1861.

Shepherd, Stratton
TRC-A-1281 · Person · C1842-c1900

Cannot be certain, but a strong candidate for the Mr Shepherd who rowed in a City of London Rowing Club pair on 3 October 1860. On the night of the 1861 Census he was a warehouseman, living in a company dormitory in Dyers Court, off Aldermanbury.

Gurley, Daniel
TRC-A-1280 · Person · C1838-c1900

Cannot be certain, but a strong candidate for the Mr Girley who coxed a City of London Rowing Club pair on 3 October 1860. On the night of the 1861 Census he was a warehouseman, living in a company dormitory in Dyers Court, off Aldermanbury.

Rudd, Jonathan
TRC-A-1279 · Person · c1838-c1900

Cannot be certain, but a strong candidate for the Mr Rudd who was on the first committee of the City of London Rowing Club. On the night of the 1861 Census he was a warehouseman, living in a company dormitory in Dyers Court, off Aldermanbury.

He was born in 1837 or 1838 in Norwich.

TRC-A-0122 · Person · 1861-18 February 1940

Peregrine Sydney Goldwin Propert was born at St. Davids, Pembrokeshire, in 1861, the son of Dr. W. P. Propert, LL.D. He was a fine athlete and as a youth of 17 swam across the Ramsey Sound, a dangerous strait about a mile wide. He was educated privately and then at Trinity Hall, Cambridge where, as well as being a co-founder of the Footlights Amateur Dramatic Society, he took up rowing. In 1884 he won with the Rev. Sidney Swann the University Pairs and was extra man for the University Eight.

Around this time he also travelled across Canada and cycled through Syria with Rev. Sidney Swann.

He graduated in 1884 and thereafter rowed for Thames until 1890, and he was a member of the winning crews in the Grand Challenge Cup in 1888 and 1889, the Wyfold Challenge Cup in 1886 and 1890 and the Metropolitan Challenge Cup in 1886, 1888, and 1889.

As his Times obituary explains, "When he went to the University Propert had intended to make law his career, but he was caught up by the wave of religious enthusiasm so strong in the Cambridge of his day that he decided to take orders, and was ordained in 1885. At once he started work among the poor in Fulham as curate of St. Andrew's, and it was not long before he founded the parish of St. Augustine’s, in which he built the stately memorial church (raising £30,000 for its construction as a memorial to Queen Victoria). One of his greatest interests throughout his long career was Poor Law administration. He took up the study of economics better to understand it, and became one of the best known writers and speakers on the subject. He defended consistently the board of guardians and the system of poor relief under which they functioned. It was in no small measure due to him that the Minister of Health’s Bill of 1930, known as the Miscellaneous Provisions Bill, which seriously affected boards of-guardians, failed to become law.

Some insight to his uncompromising views on the best way to deal with poverty can be given by this extract from a letter he wrote to the Times in 1907:

"...the second fundamental principle of Poor Law administration laid down by the Poor Law Commissioners in their additional report of 1839 (that the condition of the pauper should be less eligible than that of the independent labourer) is now universally disregarded...I may add that the comfort and attraction of these palatial Poor Law establishments, with their Christmas feasts, the provision of regular entertainments during the winter, newspapers, books, periodicals, games, and the very small amount of work exacted from the able-bodied, are so great that they largely cease to be in any way deterrent, or to act as a test, and so fail in the very object for which they were instituted."

Askwith, Thomas Garrett
TRC-A-0774 · Person · 24 May 1911-16 July 2001

Born in Cheam, Surrey. He was educated at Haileybury and matriculated at Peterhouse, Cambridge, in 1929, where he read Engineering. His father worked in insurance, but was killed at Ypres in 1917.

Askwith joined Peterhouse Boat Club (PBC) in the Michaelmas term of 1929, and was Treasurer in 1930–31, and Captain the following year and part of the next. He was Secretary of the Cambridge University Boat Club in 1933. Askwith was a prolific oarsman, and in the Michaelmas term of 1931 became the first PBC oarsman since Lord Kelvin to win the Colquhoun sculls. In the Lent term of 1932 he rowed at 3 in the winning Blue boat in the University Boat Race. This crew won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta rowing as Leander Club, and was subsequently chosen to represent Great Britain at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. In 1933, Askwith again represented the winning Cambridge crew in the Boat Race, later that year winning the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta by two lengths from H L Warren of Trinity Hall, choosing to race under Peterhouse colours over those of Leander Club. After this victory, The Observer remarked that Tom would surely be a 'Pothouse Immortal'. Askwith was again selected to represent Great Britain at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, finishing fourth in the VIII again.

After going down from Cambridge, Askwith worked briefly for Whitbread in London, before entering the British Colonial Service in 1935. Posted to Kenya in 1936, he was District Commissioner for Isiolo, and then Machakos.

From 1945 Askwith became the Municipal African Affairs Officer in Nairobi. Four years later, Tom was appointed Commissioner of Community Development and Principal of Jeanes School, Kabete – a training institution for African colonial development officers.

With his keen sporting background, Askwith chaired the Kenya Sports Association and was involved in promoting Kenyan participation in the Commonwealth and Olympic games.

Askwith was appointed to organise the rehabilitation of those imprisoned during the 1952 Mau Mau uprising, but was later relieved of his duties when he suggested that the Kenyan government should be more humane, and rely less upon force and harsh conditions to impose order in the camps. His stance was vindicated after the 1959 inquiry into the deaths of 11 detainees, who were beaten to death at Hola Camp.

Askwith finished his career as Permanent Secretary to Beniah Ohanga, the first African incumbent at the Ministry of African Affairs, retiring in 1961. Tom spent the next year working as a community development officer in Afghanistan, and worked in a similar role for the British government in Turkey from 1964 until 1966.

Askwith recorded his memoirs in three volumes, From Mau Mau to Harambee (1995), Getting My Knees Brown (1996) and Eyeball to Eyeball (1998).

He married Patricia Noad (died 1999) in 1939; they had two sons and a daughter.

Allport, Alfred
TRC-A-0916 · Person · 12 September 1867-2 May 1949

Part of the Thames Cup winning crew of 1893. Also an English rugby union forward who played club rugby for Blackheath and international rugby for England. In 1890 Allport became one of the original members of the Barbarians Football Club. He also represented Surrey at County level.

He was born in Brixton, 1867, the third son of Franklin Thomas Allport and educated at London International College, Isleworth and Guy’s Hospital.

He was a doctor, attached to the Royal Army Medical Corps in the First World War, and later Honorary Consulting Surgeon to St Paul’s Hospital for Skin and Genito-urinary Diseases.

He was twice married: first to Edith Blanche Eicke, daughter of R. H. Fry (one son and two daughters); then to Madeline Annie, daughter of Charles Price (one son and two daughters).

He was a member of Argonauts Lodge.

Hastie, James Morrison
TRC-A-0011 · Person · 1848-1897

Son of John Hastie (1796-1868) and Jane Morrison (1810-1867)

The Field (volume 90, 18 December 1897 p976) holds this obituary and record of his funeral:

On Monday, at the cemetery of Sunbury-on-Thames, the remains of this famous oarsman were laid to rest. Despite the fact that the weather was most inclement, rain falling with more or less persistency, there was a large gathering of his friends, but account day on the Stock Exchange kept many people away. Among those who paid the last tribute of respect to the deceased were Messrs J. W. Bashford, H. Edgell, F. E. Whitehurst, W. H. Eyre, F. Canton, S. D. Muttlebury, F. E. C. Clark, J. G. Jones, T. Young, C. Smith, T. Anderson, R. H. Forster, H. S. Crocker, J. Sutherland, A. T. Brophy, G. Hering, F. W. Long, H. J. Rust, J. Maycock, G. Yyse, M. T. Llewellyn, A. Radmall, E. A. Staines, of the Thames Rowing Club; G. D. Lister, C. Herbert, C. G. Ousey, E. Bartlett; F. A. Kent, of the London Rowing Club; W. G. Fidge, of the Vesta Rowing Club; W. Giles, W. Wilson, W. Meyerstein, J. Chambers, J. Swinson, and the professionals, W. East, W. G. East, W. J. Cobb, and H. Follett.
Mr James Morrison Hastie, who entered his forty-ninth year last October, was of Scotch parentage, but born in Russia. At an early age he came to this country and was educated at the High School, Edinburgh. In 1871, with no previous knowledge of rowing, he joined the Thames Rowing Club —a step which was destined to be of the greatest importance to that association, for it is not too much to say that it was in a very great measure owing to him that it became the important one it now is. Mr W. H. Eyre, who, in after years, was so closely connected with him, more especially in a pair-oared boat, was captain at the time, and quickly recognising the latent oarsmanship of the recruit, in the next season gave him a seat in the eight which entered for the Thames Challenge Cup at Henley Regatta, and was the first which the Thames Rowing Club had sent there. He also then rowed in the Wyfold Challenge Cup Four, and his crew followed up the successes of the two previous years, that prize being won by the Thames, as well as the eight-oared contest. In 1873 he again rowed in both crews, but it was only the Thames Cup which was won. In 1874 the club made a bid for the Grand Challenge Cup, encouraged by their success in winning the minor event, and from that year until 1885 inclusive Mr Hastie was a member of the crew which represented it. In 1876 and 1878 the cup was gained, as also was the Stewards Challenge Cup in 1880 and 1883, Mr Hastie rowing in the Thames crews for that prize during the same years which he did for the Grand Challenge Cup, except that there was no entry in 1873. For six years, with Mr W. H. Eyre at the bow thwart, he competed for the Silver Goblets, namely from 1877 to 1882, and won on three occasions, in 1877, 1880, and 1881. He also tried for them in 1833 with the late Mr H. B. Tween, and in 1885 with Mr J. A. Drake- Smith. At the Metropolitan Amateur Regatta he was a constant competitor from 1872 to 1884. In 1873, 1874, 1876, and 1880 he was one of the winners of the Metropolitan Champion Cup for Eights, and in 1881 rowed a dead heat with the London Rowing Club. The Thames Cup for Coxswainless Fours fell to his crew in 1875, 1880, 1882,1883, and 1884; and in the four years from 1877 to 1880 inclusive, with Mr W. H. Eyre as a partner, he won the Champion Pairs; also doing so with Mr H. B. Tween in 1883. Like many first- class oarsmen, he was not an especially brilliant sculler, but he won his Juniors at the Metropolitan Regatta in 1873.
Of his successes at other regattas it is impossible to write, they were so numerous, and were not confined to this country; but one important event must be reterred to. It will be in the recollection of many that in 1882 the Hillsdale’s, an American four of professed amateurs, cams over here intending to compete at Henley Regatta. Their entry, however, was not accepted by the stewards of that meeting, though they were permitted to row at Marlow Regatta. Rather than let them return to America without a representative race, the Thames Club challenged them to row from Putney to Mortlake, and this cartel was taken up. The Thames crew were H. B. Tween, J. M. Hastie (steerer), H. J. Rust, F. Canton (st.), and they most decisively defeated the Hillsdales, who led to Hammersmith, and in the most unsportsmanlike manner crossed and recrossed in front of the Thames crew, washing them badly. But at Chiswick Eyot, the bow of the American four put his hand behind him and threw away his slide, claiming that it was broken. The Thames crew had, however, fairly rowed them down at the time, and were going by. From 1875 until 1881 Mr Hastie was captain of the Thames Rowing Club. Without doubt he was one of the finest oarsmen who ever sat in a boat, and he was a perfect master of the art of watermanship. As so often is the case when one especially good man, horse, or dog is to the fore, there is at the same time another of exceptional merit, and so it was with Mr Hastie, who was contemporary with Mr F. S. Gulston of the London Rowing Club, at least his equal as an oarsman and waterman, and who deprived him of many a victory which would otherwise have been his. But though the rivalry between them was keen, it was always friendly, and each had a great respect and regard for the other. Genial to a degree, and possessed of great individuality, Mr Hastie had the happy knack of making friends wherever he was, and, having once been made, they were not lost. Though he was comparatively unknown to the present generation of active oarsmen, his death will leave a void which can never be filled with many who are only in middle life. It came as a shock at last but he was known to have been in a hopeless condition for some months past, and the consolation is that it maybe looked upon as a merciful release.

Safford, Edward Ayton
TRC-A-0107 · Person · April 1859-17 March 1948

Known as Ayton Safford.

Born in 1859 in Tring, Hertfordshire.

A solicitor.

Such, William Henry
TRC-A-1162 · Person · 6 April 1852-1919

Barge owner
Shipbroker

Fenner, Frederick
TRC-A-1159 · Person · 13 August 1839-30 September 1937
Clark, Francis Edward Cope
TRC-A-0039 · Person · April 1865-1932

He spent census night in 1901 in the District Constitutional Club in St Martin's in the Fields and at that time described himself as single and a stockjobber agent.

Maycock, John
TRC-A-0100 · Person · 1850-5 October 1910
TRC-A-0126 · Person · 7 April 1857-6 January 1930

Montague Shearman, nicknamed 'Tont', was the younger brother of Jack Shearman who had coxed for Thames. Montague rowed for Thames in the Thames Challenge Cup crew of 1882. His main sporting interest was not rowing but athletics and he came the President of the Amateur Athletic Association in 1915.

He became a King's Counsel in 1903 and then a Judge of the King’s Bench Division from 1914–29

Molyneux, George
TRC-A-1227 · Person · 1837-1930

Cannot be certain, but this would appear to be a likely candidate for the Mr Molyneux who was the first Secretary of the Club. At the time of the 1861 Census he was a Silk Merchant's Agent and lived with his parents at 31 Tooting High Street. By 1871 he was a curate in Sudbury.

Oswin, Thomas
TRC-A-0074 · Person · 1 November 1834-1895

Born in Northampton to David and Elizabeth Oswin.

Married in 1859 at St George's Hanover Square to Cordelia Jane Sadler.

At the time of the 1861 Census he was In 1861, he lived in 1 Margaret Villas, Putney, and described himself as a warehouseman. By 1871 he had moved to 68 West Hill Road and described himself as a silk mercer.

Died in 1895 at the age of 60.

Laws, Peter
TRC-A-0866 · Person · nk
Beresford, Julius
TRC-A-0018 · Person · 29 June 1868-29 September 1959

Julius Beresford Wiszniewski, later known simply as Julius Beresford, was the son of Julius Bernhard Wiszniewski, an immigrant to England from Danzig (Gdansk).

He married Ethel Wood in June 1897 and had three children.

He was a sculler at Kensington Rowing Club and then joined Thames when he decided to concentrate on sweep-oar rowing. He won the Stewards' at Henley in 1909 and 1911 and Silver in the coxed four at the 1912 Olympics.

He was later Captain and de facto head coach.

With his future brother in law Richard Hicks (who married his sister Stella Beatrice Johanna Wiszniewski in 1896) Julius Bernard formed Beresford & Hicks in 1891. The company had a factory in Hemsworth Street, Hoxton, and a showroom in Curtain Road, Shoreditch. By 1918 they were known as ‘manufacturing upholstering and framemakers’ with a large showroom at 135-139 Curtain Road. The firm supplied bedroom suites to Heal’s, Tottenham Court Road; this comprised one particular design in 1905 and three in 1936. The firm was also known for making high quality upholstered goods and English reproduction furniture of all types and supplied furniture to the Royal Family in 1933. Production grew to include high quality modern boardroom furniture and it was granted a royal warrant in 1958, with Jack Beresford, the son of Julius, named as the grantee. In 1967 the Hemsworth Street factory was purchased by the Greater London Council and a new factory was built in Kings Lynn. About this time the firm merged with another old-established but ailing firm, Alfred Cox of Corsham Street, to produce mainly domestic furniture. The firm was acquired by Uniflex in 1972 but ceased to exist in 1995.

Evans, Zoe
TRC-A-1274 · Person · nk
Regan, Finn
TRC-A-1273 · Person · nk
Gibson, Amy
TRC-A-1270 · Person · nk