The Wingfield Champions

1830-8

James Bayford
Champion: 1830
James Heseltine Bayford (1804 – 1871) was the first winner of the Wingfield Sculls, the amateur sculling championship of the River Thames.
Bayford was the son of John Bayford, a London magistrate, and his wife Frances who lived in the region of St Pancras London. He was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge where he became a proficient rower. Bayford won the Wingfield Sculls in 1830 against seven challengers but lost in the following year to Charles Lewis.
His brother Augustus Fredrick Bayford rowed for Cambridge in the first Boat Race of 1829.
Bayford became an attorney and notary, of 7 Godliman Street, London.
Bayford married Rose Bright at Brighton in November 1834. 
He died at Chelsea at the age of 66.
 
Charles Lewis
Champion: 1831 & 1833
Charles Lewis (died 1863) won the Wingfields twice.
Lewis was an early member of Leander Club and competed unsuccessfully for the Wingfield sculls in the first race in 1830. He beat the champion James Bayford in the 1831 race. He was defeated by A. A. Julius in 1832, but won the championship back from him in 1833.
Alfred Alexander Julius
Champion: 1832 & 1834-5
Alfred Alexander Julius (1812 - 1865)  was a three times winner of the Wingfield Sculls.
Julius was born at Richmond on Thames, the son of George Charles Julius and Isabella Maria Gilder. His father was from Nichola Town, St Kitts, West Indies.
Julius challenged the Wingfield Sculls champion Charles Lewis in 1832 and won the race. Lewis won the championship back in 1833. But Julius was then so preeminent that he put off challengers in 1834 and 1835 and won with row-overs.
Julius married Eliza Alexander, daughter of Major General James Alexander of the East India Company, in 1844 at St Marylebone. Their daughter Ada married Sir Charles Layard, the Government Agent of the Western province of Ceylon.
Julius died in the Richmond district at the age of 43.
H. Wood
Champion: 1836 & 1838
Patrick Colquhoun
Champion: 1837
Sir Patrick (Macchombaich de) Colquhoun QC (1815 – 1891) was a British diplomat, legal writer and sculler.
Colquhoun was the son of James Colquhoun and the grandson of the Patrick Colquhoun who was Lord Provost of Glasgow. He was educated at Westminster and St John's College, Cambridge. In 1837 he won the Wingfield Sculls and in the same year instituted the Colquhoun Sculls at the University of Cambridge.
From 1840 to 1844, Colquhoun was Plenipotentiary of the Hanse Towns at Constantinople, Persia and Greece, through his father's connections. In Constantinople he was close friends with James Redhouse. He encountered the author George Borrow on his travels and was not impressed. He then returned to England and joined the Home Circuit. He was well respected in the literary world and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1845. Charles Leland wrote Who that knows London knoweth not Sir Patrick Colquhoun? I made his acquaintance in 1848, when, coming over from student-life in Paris. He was also a noted linguist. From 1857 to 1866, he was Aulic Counsellor to the King of Saxony and standing Counsel to the Saxon Legation. He was then member of the Supreme Court of Justice in Corfu from 1858 to 1861. In 1861, when he was Chief Justice of the Ionian Islands, he was knighted on 14 November. Colquhoun became Queen's Counsel in 1868 and a bencher of the Inner Temple in 1869.
Colquhoun married Katherine de St Vitalis. Their daughter married Sir James Redhouse.
He was a member of the Order of the Temple and associated with fringe Freemasonry.
Colquhoun died at 2 King's Bench Walk at the age of 76.

1839-49

Henry Chapman
Champion: 1839, 1842-3, 1845
Henry Chapman won the Wingfield Sculls on four occassions.
Chapman lived in London and rowed as a member of Crescent Club. He first competed in the Wingfield Sculls in 1838 when the event was won by H Wood. Chapman won the event in 1839 against C Pollock and Crockford. However, in 1840 he was away in Boulogne because he was suffering from ill-health and so he could not compete. He lost the event in 1841 to Thomas Lowten Jenkins after he suffered a rheumatic attack. However he won the Wingfield Sculls in 1842 and 1843 when he beat S Wallace. In 1844 he lost to Thomas Bumpsted but reversed the result in 1845. Also in 1845 he competed at Henley Royal Regatta when he came third in the Diamond Challenge Sculls behind S Wallace and J W Conant, and runner up in Silver Wherries partnering E G Peacock.
In 1848 Chapman was signatory to the revised rules of the Wingfields Sculls which changed the course, outlawed fouling and specified umpiring arrangements. Other signatories were Patrick Colquhoun, John Walmisley and Thomas Howard Fellows.
Thomas Lowten Jenkins
Champion: 1840-1
Thomas Lowten Jenkins (1812-1869) was an English barrister and twice won the Wingfield Sculls.
Jenkins was called to bar at Inner Temple in 1837. He joined Leander Club and in 1839 competed in the Wingfield Sculls when he lost to Henry Chapman. However he won in a rowover in 1840 when Chapman was unable to compete for health reasons. Also in 1840 he rowed number 5 in the Leander eight which won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. He won the Wingfield Sculls again in 1841. In 1847 he umpired the Boat Race.
Jenkins married Emily Feliza Vaughan, youngest daughter of Charles Vaughan of Clifton Gloucestershire in Bombay on 16 June 1849.
Jenkins then went to India in the legal service and became Master in Equity in the Supreme Court until the end of 1858. Back in England he lived at Wraxall House Somerset and in 1860 became a member of council for Clifton College.
Jenkins died in London at the age of 57.
Thomas Brooks Bumpsted
Champion: 1844
Thomas Brooks Bumpsted (1822 – 1917) was an English surgeon and rower who won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta when it was first competed in 1844 and who also won the Wingfield Sculls.
Bumpsted was born at Berkley, Somerset. He studied medicine at St George's Hospital, London and became MRCS in 1844. In 1843 he stroked the St George's Club crew that won theStewards' Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. In the same year he competed unsuccessfully in the Wingfield Sculls. In 1844, rowing for Scullers Club, he won the first Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley, beating H Morgan of Christ Church, Oxford and J W Conant of St John's College, Oxford. His time was 10 minutes 32 seconds. Later that year he won the Wingfield Sculls beating the holder H Chapman. In 1845 he was beaten in the Wingfield Sculls by Chapman.
Bumpsted was in medical practice in Cambridge and was surgeon at Cambridge County Gaol.
Bumpsted married Margaret Louisa Yaustin Doria of Flempton in 1856.
He died at the age of 94 (1917) in the Chesterton district.
 
W.Russell
Champion: 1846
John Richard Lambert Walmisley
Champion: 1847-8
John Richard Lambert Walmisley (1816–1890) was an English solicitor, Volunteer officer, and prominent oarsman who twice won the Wingfield Sculls.
Francis Playford
Champion: 1849
Francis Playford (1825 - 1896) won the Wingfield Sculls in 1849 and the pairs oars at Henley Royal Regatta.
Playford was born at South Lambeth, London and was part of a rowing family which included his brother Herbert Playford. He was a stockbroker in the City of London. He was a member of Thames Club and won the gold challenge cup at Putney regatta in 1846 and 1847. In 1849 with E G Peacock he won the Silver Wherries at Henley.In 1849 he also won the Wingfield Sculls, beating Thomas Boneby half a length.
Playford married in 1851 and his son Frank Lumley Playford was also a rower.
Playford wrote about investment in his book Practical Hints for investing Money: with an explanation of the mode of transacting business on the Stock Exchange published in 1855.
He was first captain of London Rowing Club after its foundation in 1856.
Playford died at the age of 71.

1850-1867

Thomas Bone
Champion: 1850-51
Thomas Robson Bone (1815–1882)  won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta in 1849 and 1850 and who also won the Wingfield Sculls in 1850 and 1851.
In 1849 Bone, rowing for "London", won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley, but lost in the Wingfield Sculls to Francis Playford. In 1850 for Thames Club he won the Diamond Challenge Sculls again. That year, he was asked to enter an event at Bath regatta in order to make a race of it. However because there was a £10 prize attached to it, he was criticised by the Wingfield Sculls committee. For this reason, Playford objected to racing Bone in the Wingfield Sculls so Bone, representing Meteor Club, won on a row-over. He rowed over again in 1851 for Thames Club but resigned in 1852 because he could not find a backer.
Bone married at St James Westminster in 1850.
Bone died at Fulham aged 67.
Edward Peacock
Champion: 1852
Edward Gryffydh Peacock (1825 – 1867) was an English official of the East India Company, publisher, writer and rower who won the Wingfield Sculls and Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta.
Peacock was the son of the poet Thomas Love Peacock and his wife Jane Gryffydh. In 1841 he was appointed midshipman in the Indian Navy. He arrived in India in October 1841 but returned to England for medical reasons in April 1842. In 1844 he became a clerk in the examiners office at East India House. He collaborated with George Meredith in publishing a privately circulated literary magazine, the Monthly Observer.
Peacock was a member of Thames Club and in 1845 was runner up in the Silver Wherries at Henley Royal Regatta partnering Henry Chapman. In 1849 he won the Silver Wherries partnering Francis Playford. He won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley in 1851 defeating Edward Macnaghten in the final. In 1852 positions were reversed and Peacock came second to MacNaughton. Peacock won the Wingfield Sculls in 1852.
Meredith is said to have based his character Edward Blancove in Rhoda Fleming on Peacock. Like Blancove, Peacock studied as a barrister and was a keen boxer.
Peacock married Mary Hall in 1849, apparently to the disapproval of his father. They had a son Thomas Love Peacock.
In 1865 Peacock qualified as a solicitor . However he died two years later at the age of 42. His poem The Vicar of Southbury's story: a Christmas poem was published posthumously in 1867.
James Paine
Champion: 1853
James Paine won the Wingfield Sculls and events at Henley Royal Regatta.
Paine lived in London and rowed initially as a member of the Argonaut Club. In 1853 he won the Wingfield Sculls, against Stephen Rippingalland Josias Nottidge.
In 1856 Paine became one of the early members of London Rowing Club when it was formed from a number of existing clubs on the Tideway. However being newly founded, the club was ineligible to enter Henley Royal Regatta in 1856 so its members competed as members of the Argonaut Club. Paine was in a coxed four with Nottidge, A. A. Casamajor and Herbert Playford which won the Stewards' Challenge Cup. He also partnered Playford in the Silver Goblets in which they were runners-up to Nottidge and Casamajor. In 1857 the London Rowing Club competed and won the Grand Challenge Cup and the Stewards' Cup again with Paine in the crews. Paine partnered Casamajor in the Silver Goblets in 1859 when they were runners up to Edmond Warre and John Arkell.
Henry Playford
Champion: 1854
Herbert Harlee Playford (1831 - 1883) won the Wingfield Sculls and the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta. He was instrumental in founding London Rowing Club and the Metropolitan Regatta.
Playford was born in Chingford, Essex, and was part of a rowing family which included his brother Francis Playford. He was in business in the City of London as a timber merchant. He won the Diamond Challenge Sculls in 1854 and later that year won the Wingfield Sculls with a row-over. In 1855 he lost both the Diamond Challenge Sculls and the Wingfield Sculls to A. A. Casamajor who was to be the major force in rowing for the next six years. In 1856 Playford was instrumental, with Casamajor and Josias Nottidge, in founding the London Rowing Club, and stroked the club's winning crew in the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley in 1857. In 1859 he fainted when competing in the Diamond Challenge Sculls but won them again in 1860, beating E D Brickwood after Casamajor stood aside.
Playford was captain of Lowdon Rowing Club and was also responsible for helping to establish the Metropolitan Regatta, in 1866.
Playford married Louisa Mary Blake in 1856 and had sons Herbert and Louis. Louisa died in 1866 and Playford married again to Selina Boydell in 1873. They lived at Radnor House Malden, Surrey.
 Henry Playford is stroking the eight in the foreground. Francis Playford is standing in the boat on the left and Casamajor is in the single.
A. A. Casamajor
Champion: 1855-60
Alexander Alcée Casamajor (1833 –  1861) won the Wingfield Sculls in six successive years and the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta as well as being twice in the winning Grand Challenge Cup team.
Casamajor was an amateur and won his first public sculling match at Barnes Regatta in 1852. He rowed for Wandle Club in 1855 when he won the Wingfield Sculls and Diamond Challenge sculls. He also won Silver Goblets at Henley with Josias Nottidge
In 1856, Casamajor helped Nottidge and Playford establish the London Rowing Club, becoming secretary. As a newly founded club, they were unable to enter Henley Royal Regatta in 1856, so its members competed as members of the Argonaut Club. Casamajor was in acoxed four with Nottidge, James Paine and Playford which won the Stewards' Challenge Cup and the Wyfold Challenge Cup. In 1856 at Henley he won the Diamonds and Silver Goblets. He also won the Wingfield Sculls for Argonaut Club.
In 1857 the London Rowing Club competed at Henley and won the Grand Challenge Cup and the Stewards' Cup with Casamajor in the crews. Though primarily a sculler, Casamajor helped the club eight win the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley in 1857 and 1859 although on both occasions he showed extreme exhaustion. He won Diamonds in 1857.
In 1858, Casamajor won the Diamond Challenge sculls with a row over and won Silver Goblets. Casamajor helped the club eight win the Grand Challenge Cup. In 1860, he won Silver Goblets partnering W Woodbridge. He won the Wingfield sculls with a row over in 1857, 1858, 1859 and 1860. In 1861, he won the Diamond Challenge Sculls, again beating Edwin Brickwood in the final.
Casamajor died from a broken blood vessel at the age of 28, a month after winning at Henley and three days before the date of the Wingfield Sculls and the race was postponed in tribute. He won 45 races of approximately 60 in which he took part, and was never beaten in a public event.  Casamajor was also rowing correspondent of The Field.
 
Edwin Brickwood
Champion: 1861
Edwin Dampier Brickwood ( 1837 – 1906) won the Wingfield Sculls in 1861 and the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta in 1859 and 1862. He also wrote about rowing.
Brickwood was born in Luton, Bedfordshire, the son of Edwin Latham Brickwood and his wife Elizabeth Ann Dampier. He became a civil servant.  Brickwood rowed for London Rowing Cluband in 1859 won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley. In 1861 Brickwood won the Wingfield Sculls, and in 1862, the Diamond Challenge Sculls again. He lost the Wingfield Sculls in 1862 to W. B. Woodgate.
Brickwood was aquatic correspondent for The Field magazine and in 1866 published, under the name "Argonaut", The Arts of Rowing and Training. For many years he produced the Rowing Almanack and Oarsman's Companion. His definition of the difference between amateurs and professionals became the standard.
Brickwood contributed the article "Yachting" to the 9th edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Brickwood died at the age of 68.
Walter Woodgate
Champion: 1862, 1864 & 1867
Walter Bradford Woodgate (1841 – 1920) was a British barrister and oarsman who won the Wingfield Sculls three times, and various events at Henley Royal Regatta.
Woodgate was born at Belbroughton. Woodgate was educated at Radley College before going up to Brasenose College, Oxford in 1858, where he rowed for Brasenose College Boat Club. 
He rowed twice in the winning Oxford crews in the Boat Race – in 1862-3.
Woodgate caused controversy at Henley Royal Regatta and his actions twice resulted in changes to Henley's rules. In 1866 he entered the Silver Goblets twice, once as W. B. Woodgate (and won), and again as "Wat Bradford". After the regatta the Henley Stewards changed the rules so competitors could not row under assumed names.
In 1868, he concluded that a coxed four could be steered using a wire and lever attached to an oarsman's footrest. Woodgate arranged for the coxswain to jump overboard at the start of the Stewards' Challenge Cup to lighten his Brasenose coxed four. While the unwanted cox narrowly escaped strangulation by the water lilies, Woodgate and his home-made steering device triumphed by 100 yards. The outraged Henley committee disqualified the Brasenose four and passed another rule that henceforth all crews must finish with the same number they started with.
A special Prize for four-oared crews without coxswains was offered at the regatta in 1869 when it was won by the Oxford Radleian Club and when Stewards' became a coxless race in 1873, Woodgate "won his moral victory,".
He helped coach numerous Oxford crews and was president of Kingston Rowing Club.
 
In 1863 Woodgate founded Vincent's Club, in reaction against the Union Society. The Union at the time barred smoking and drinking and, in Woodgate's view, "went through the farce of socially 'vetting' every candidate, and after all, passing all sorts and conditions of men as 'sound,' despite notorious antecedents." So he and his friends made Vincent's selective, "a magic number – 100 – to give prestige". Among its later presidents were rowers Bankes, Nickalls, and Cotton. Woodgate created Vincent's very much in his own image. He wanted an elite social club of 'the picked hundred of the University, selected for all round qualities; social, physical and intellectual'. 
In 1872 Woodgate was called to the bar. He practised for forty years but took neither the law nor anything else save rowing too seriously and it is as a first-class oarsman and journalistic critic of rowing that he is remembered.
A lifelong bachelor, Woodgate died in Southampton at the age of 79.
 
James Parker
Champion: 1863
James Edward Parker (1842)  won several events at Henley Royal Regatta and won the Wingfield Sculls in 1842.
Parker was born at Rothley, Leicestershire the third son of James Parker and his wife Mary Babbington. His father was a barrister and Vice-Chancellor of the High Court and his mother the daughter of Thomas Babington. 
Parker was educated at University College, Oxford. While at Oxford, he was an active rower. In 1862, he was a member of the winning University College crew in the Ladies' Challenge Plate at Henley Royal Regatta. He also competed in the Wingfield Sculls but was runner-up to Walter Bradford Woodgate. In 1863 he was in the University College crews which won the Grand Challenge Cup and the Stewards' Challenge Cup but he never rowed in the Oxford eight. In 1863, as a sculler he won the OUBC sculls and the Wingfield Sculls - the latter being a row-over because Woodgate had an injured neck.
 
Charles Lawes
Champion: 1865
Sir Charles Bennett Lawes-Wittewronge, 2nd Baronet (1843 – 1911) was an English rower, athlete and sculptor. He exhibited twelve works at the Royal Academy.
 
Lawes was born at Teignmouth, Devon, the only son of Sir John Lawes of Rothamsted Manor, Hertfordhire. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. At Cambridge he won the Colquhoun Sculls in 1862 and won the Diamond Challenge Sculls in 1863. He excelled in the university distance running events and received an athletics Blue. He lost the 1865 Boat Race but won the Ladies Challenge Cup at HRR and went on to win the Wingfield Sculls.
Lawes decided to become a sculptor, and began his training in London under John Henry Foley RA. In 1869 he studied under Hugo Hagen in Berlin. He rented a studio in Chelsea, and in 1872, he exhibited his first work at the Royal Academy, Girl at the Stream. In 1878 he won an honourable mention at the Paris Universal Exhibition. He also exhibited his Daphne at the Royal Academy in 1880 and The Panther in 1881. Lawes also carried out work for the scientific side of the Lawes Agricultural Trust, founded by his father, and became its chairman.
In 1898, at age fifty-five, Lawes took up cycle racing and held the National Cycling Union amateur record for twenty-five miles, covering it in 51 minutes 15.8 seconds.
Lawes succeeded his father as Baronet on 31 August 1900, and in 1902 he assumed for himself and his heirs by Royal Licence the additional surname (and arms) of Wittewronge. He was one of the founders of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1902 and became its second president.
In 1902, Lawes helped judge the world's first major bodybuilding competition. Organized by famed strongman Eugen Sandow, the event was held in London's Royal Albert Hall, and was judged by Lawes, Sandow and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
In 1906 Lawes-Wittewronge executed The Death of Dirce, a bronze sculptural group based on the Farnese Bull. The marble version is now in the grounds at Rothamsted. In 1911, after the sculptor's death, his widow offered the bronze to the National Gallery of British Art (later the Tate Gallery), it was installed on the terrace to the left of the building's entrance, where it still stands.
Lawes married Marie Amelie Rose on 8 April 1869. Their only child, John, succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's death at Rothamsted at the age of 68, after an operation for appendicitis.
As depicted by François Verheyden in Vanity Fair, 1883
The Death of Dirce (first bronze version, 1906) on display to the left of the entrance of Tate Britain.
Edward Michell
Champion: 1866
Edward Blair Michell (1843–1926) was an English barrister and rower who won the Wingfield Sculls in 1866 and the Diamond Challenge Sculls in 1866 and 1867. He was also a boxer, a linguist, an authority on falconry and the author of books on a variety of subjects.
Michell was born at Oxford, the son of Richard Michell principal of Hertford College, Oxford, and his wife Amelia Blair. He was at Magdalen College, Oxford, and was a strong rower and boxer. In 1865 he entered the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley but was beaten by W B Woodgate. However he won against Woodgate in 1866 and 1867. He also won the Wingfield Sculls against Woodgate in 1866, but did not compete in 1867 because of sciatica. In 1868 he capsized in the Wingfield Sculls, and earned criticism for racing without a shirt. He was a champion heavy, middle and lightweight boxer.
Michell became a barrister. He was also a French avocat and highly fluent in French. He managed to get into Paris after the German armistice in 1871 and was in Paris during the time of the Paris Commune. He published a view of life under the commune in Fraser's Magazine, noting that although he and a colleague had not been very well treated by the Communist authorities they agreed that never in their time, and they both knew Paris well, had that city been so admirably managed in every way as under the rule of the Commune. Michell was later legal adviser to Chulalongkorn, King Rama V of Siam and fluent in Siamese wrote a Siamese-English dictionary. Michell was expert on hawking and was considered possibly the greatest authority on merlins. He wrote on the art and practice of hawking. Michell is also said to have purchased Wimbledon for the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

1868-1886

William Stout
Champion: 1868
William Stout (1841–1900) was a British rower who won the Wingfield Sculls and the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta in 1868.
Stout was born at Brentford. He was an iron merchant[1] and was in China prior to 1868. He was a member of London Rowing Club and in 1868 won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley and was member of the Stewards' Challenge Cup winning crew.[2] He also won the Wingfield Sculls and the London Cup at the Metropolitan Regatta to win the single sculling triple crown. He also won coxless pairs at the Metropolitan Regatta with Albert de Lande Long.[3] In 1869 he partnered Long again to win the Silver Goblets at Henley.
Stout married Emma Adcock at Worcester at the end of 1869. Several of his children had rowing related second names, including Harry Wingfield, William Henley, James Temple and Percy Wyfold.[4] Two of his sons were international rugby players. Frank represented England and the British Isles and Percy played for England. His son Harry rowed for London Rowing Club and was in the crews that won the Stewards' Challenge Cup in 1895 and 1896.
Stout died at Gloucester at the age of 58.
Albert Long
Champion: 1869-70
Albert De Lande Long (13 September 1844 - 23 February 1917) was an English iron founder and manufacturer who co-founded the company Dorman Long. He was also an amateur rower who won the Wingfield Sculls in 1869 and 1870.
Long was born at Ipswich, the son of Peter Bartholemew Long, a solicitor, and his wife Hannah Justinia Falkland.[1] He was a member of the London Rowing Club and in 1868 partnered William Stout to win pairs at the Metropolitan Regatta. In 1869 he won the Silver Goblets at Henley Royal Regatta with Stout,[2] the London Cup at the Metropolitan Regatta and the Wingfield Sculls. He retained the Wingfield Sculls in 1870, but came third in the Diamond Challenge Sculls that year. In 1871 he won Silver Goblets at Henley with Francis Gulston, but lost the Wingfield Sculls toWilliam Fawcus.[3] He won the Silver Goblets again with Gulston in 1872 and 1874.
Long moved to Stockton-on-Tees where he co-founded the iron manufacturing company of Dorman Long with Arthur Dorman.[4]
Long married Susanna Kelso at Knaresborough in 1875. Their son also Albert de Lande Long rowed in the Boat Race for Cambridge. He died at Northallerton on 23 February 1917.
William Fawcus
Champion: 1871
William Fawcus (1850) won the Wingfield Sculls and the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta in 1871, being the first provincial competitor to do so.
Fawcus was born in Dockwray Square, North Shields, the son of John Fawcus and his wife Wilhelmina. The earliest record of Fawcus is rowing at the age of 17 for Tynemouth Rowing Club 2nd crew at the Wear Boat Club regatta on 7 July 1868.
Fawcus became Champion of the Wear in 1870, winning the Oswald Plate. It is possible he was coached by James Renforth, who was engaged by Tynemouth RC at 30 shillings a week in May 1869. It is certain that he was coached by James Taylor who coached Tynemouth RC later in the summer of 1869 but also prepared members for the racing season of 1871. As well as being an outstanding sculler, Fawcus also stroked a successful Tynemouth Four. His younger brother R. F. Fawcus was a good oarsman too.
In 1871, at the age 20, Fawcus won the three premier events for amateur single scullers in Britain, rowing for Tynemouth RC:  The Diamonds, The London Cup and two days later the Wingfield Sculls.
The only known painting of William Fawcus had been hanging in the Gibraltar Rock public house in Tynemouth before being relocated to the clubhouse at Priors Haven, Tynemouth. Unfortunately it was removed by a Rowing Master of the 6th Form College for restoration and despite efforts to relocate it, was last heard of in Scarborough. It was reported that the damage was so great that the painting disintegrated.
Clement Knollys
Champion: 1872
Sir Clement Courtenay Knollys KCMG (1849 – 1905) was a British rower and colonial administrator and governor.
Knollys was the son of Rev. Erskine Knollys and his wife Caroline Augusta North. His father was rector at Quedgeley, Gloucestershire, among other parishes. He was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he distinguished himself as a rower. In 1872 he was substituted into the Oxford crew four days before that year's Boat Race which was won by Cambridge by two lengths. However later that year he won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta and beat the holder William Fawcus to win the Wingfield Sculls. He joined Kingston Rowing Club and in 1873 won the Silver Goblets with Alfred Trower, but lost the Wingfield Sculls to A. C. Dicker. He also rowed in 1873 Boat Race.
Knollys became a colonial administrator. In 1885 he was a colonial secretary in Barbados and up to 1894 was a member of the assembly. In 1904 Knollys was appointed Governor of the British Leeward Islands but died at Southsea in the following year at the age of 56.
Alfred Dicker
Champion: 1873-4
Alfred Cecil Dicker (1852 - 1938) was an English clergyman and rower who won the Diamond Challenge Sculls three times and the Wingfield Sculls twice.
Dicker was born at St John's Wood, London, the son of John Campbell Dicker. He was educated at Winchester College and entered St John's College, Cambridge in 1871, migrating to Downing College, Cambridge in 1877 and gaining his BA in 1879.He kept up rowing throughout his time at Cambridge, rowing for Lady Margaret Boat Club. In 1873 he won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley. He also won the Wingfield Sculls beating the previous champion Clement Courtenay Knollys and the Colquhoun Sculls at Cambridge University. In 1874, he won both the Diamond Challenge Sculls and the Wingfield Sculls again. In 1875 he won the Diamond Challenge Sculls again, but lost the Wingfield Sculls to Frank Lumley Playford. Dicker remained at Cambridge to study for Holy Orders and took part in the 1876 Boat Race. His style was described "rows fairly hard, but in a very ugly humped-up form and with little swing." His elder brother Gerard Dicker had been in the crew the previous year.
Dicker was ordained deacon in 1879 and priest in 1880. He became curate of St Mary's Kilburn in 1879 and in 1881 became vicar of All Saints' Church, Newchurch where he instigated a restoration of the church in 1883. Dicker married Constance Ellen MacEwen at Portsea in 1885. In 1893 he became rector of St Maurice's with St Mary's Kalendar and St Peter's Colebrooke, Winchester until 1906 when he moved to become rector of St Peter's Church, Lowick with Slipton, Northamptonshire. He retired in 1925 and lived at Boar's Hill, Oxford.
Dicker died at the age of 86 and was buried at Wootton.
 
Frank Playford
Champion: 1875-9
Frank Lumley Playford (1855 - 1931) was a British rower who won the Wingfield Sculls five times and the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta in 1876.
Playford was born at Putney, the son of Wingfields Winner Francis Playford (1849) and his wife Emily Augusta. His father and uncle Herbert Playford were both eminent oarsmen. He became stockbroker in his father's business.
Playford rowed for London Rowing Club and won the Wingfield Sculls in 1875 beating the previous winner A C Dicker. In 1876, he won the Diamond Challengs Sculls at Henley as well as the London Cup at the Metropolitan Regatta. He won Wingfield Sculls in 1877 beating Edwards-Moss, in 1878 beating Alexander Payne and in 1879 beating Jefferson Lowndes. He did not defend his title in 1880.
Playford married Kate Percy. and was the father of Humphrey Playford.
Playford died at Epsom at the age of 75.
 

1880-1895

Alexander Payne
Champion: 1880 & 1882
 
 
Jefferson Lowndes
Champion: 1881 & 1883
Jefferson Lowndes (1858 - 1893) won the Diamond Challenge Sculls five times and won the Wingfield Sculls twice.
Lowndes was born at Oxford and had only one eye. He studied at Hertford College, Oxford where he won the University Sculls in 1878 and 1879. Also in 1879 he won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley for the first time, beating Frank Lumley Playford. Playford however beat Lowndes in the Wingfield Sculls that year. Lowndes then became a schoolmaster at Derby School and rowed for Derby Rowing Club. He won the Diamond Challenge Sculls again in 1880 and 1881. In 1881 he also won the Wingfield Sculls and the London Cup at the Metropolitan Regatta to achieve the "Triple Crown". He won the Diamond Challenge sculls again in 1882. In 1883 he was rowing for Twickenham Rowing Club and won the Diamond Challenge Sculls for the fifth time, the Wingfield Sculls for the second time and the London Cup at Metropolitan Regatta again for his second triple crown.
In 1884 he won Silver Goblets at Henley with D E Brown.
Lowndes died at Liverpool at the age of 35.
 
William Unwin
Champion: 1884-5
William Sully Unwin (born 1862) was an English clergyman and amateur rower. He won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta and the Wingfield Sculls in 1884 and 1885, and rowed for Oxford in the Boat Race in the 1885 and 1886 races.
Unwin was born at Rotherham, Yorkshire, the son of William Unwin and his wife Elizabeth. His father was a tutor at Oxford living at Park Town in 1881. He was of the non-collegiate St Catherine's Society, Oxford and rowed for Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1884 he won the OUBC Sculls, the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley and the Wingfield Sculls. He won the same three races in 1885, and was also bow in the winning Oxford boat in the Boat Race. In 1886 he was in the Boat Race again but lost the Wingfield Sculls to F I Pitman, whom he had beaten in the previous year.
Unwin became a clergyman and in 1895 was in Kewick where he attempted to establish a rowing club. Later he had a living in Norfolk.
Unwin married Mary Frances Sully at Bridgwater in 1905.
In 1933 he was active in establishing the Council for the Preservation of Rural England in Norfolk.
Freddie Pitman
Champion: 1886
Frederick Islay Pitman (1863 – 1942) rowed in the Boat Race three times and won the Diamond Challenge Sculls and the Wingfield Sculls in 1886.
Pitman was born at Edinburgh. His father was a Writer to the Signet and a director of the Union Bank of Scotland.
He was educated at Eton and was in the crew that won the Ladies' Challenge Plate at Henley Royal Regatta in 1882. He then went to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a member of the Pitt Club. He stroked Cambridge University in the Boat Race over three years. In 1884 Cambridge won the Boat Race, and in the same year Pitman won the Colquhoun Sculls and was in the winning crew in the Visitors' Challenge Cup at Henley. Pitman was Cambridge University Boat Club president in 1886 and his crew achieved a rare feat of winning that year's Boat Race after being behind at Barnes Bridge. In 1886, he also won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley and the Wingfield Sculls.
In 1888 Pitman became a Writer to the Signet but later became a stockbroker, eventually with the firm of Rowe and Pitman of Austin Friars. In 1896 Pitman was elected to the Henley Royal Regatta management committee. Pitman also umpired every Boat Race between 1903 and 1926.
Pitman married Helen Isabel Jamieson. Their son Frederick (1892–1963) rowed for Oxford and was an Olympic rower. Two of Pitman's brothers also raced in the University Boat Race: R.O. Pitman ("Rosie") rowed for Oxford in 1898 and 1899, and Charles Murray Pitman ("Cherry") became Oxford University Boat Club president and won four boat races from 1892 to 1895.
Pitman died at Twyford, Berkshire at the age of 78.
Guy Nickalls
Champion: 1887-89 & 1891
Guy Nickalls (1866 – 1935) won a gold medal at the 1908 Olympics in the eight, he won 22 events at Henley Royal Regatta and won the Wingfield Sculls four times.
 
Nickalls was born at Sutton, then in Surrey, the son of Tom Nickalls who was a stockjobber on the stock exchange and one of the founding members of London Rowing Club. His mother, Emily, was the first woman to climb Mont Blanc and Monta Rosa in the same week. Guy was one of twelve children, of whom his brother Vivian was also a successful oarsman.
Nickalls was educated at Eton College where he was known as "Luni" due to his reckless behaviour .His ability was soon noticed and secured a seat in the Eton Eight, carrying off the Ladies' Challenge Plate in 1885.
Nickalls went up to Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1886. He raced the Boat Race for five years from 1887 to 1891 losing three races and winning two. He was OUBC President in 1890. During his time at Oxford he showed his prowess as a sculler winning the Wingfield Sculls in 1887 - 1889 and won the Diamonds from 1888 - 1890. In 1890 he also won Silver Goblets.
After Oxford, Nickalls joined Leander of which he was Captain in 1892 and 1897. His Leander crew won the Grand Challenge Cup in 1891 and 1892 and in 1891 he won Silver Goblets again. In 1893 he won the Stewards' Challenge Cup and he also won the Diamonds again. In 1894 he won Silver Goblets partnering his brother Vivian. Vivian Nickalls became a member of London Rowing Club and Guy joined them to win the Stewards in 1895 and the Silver Goblets again. In 1896 Nickalls had three wins – the Grand with Leander, Stewards with London Rowing Club and Silver Goblets. In 1897 he won Stewards and Silver Goblets.
After a break of several years, Nickalls was a member of the Leander crew that won the Grand in 1905. Nickalls won the Stewards in 1905, 1906 and 1907. In 1908 he was a member of the Leander eight which won Gold at the1908 Olympics.
Nickalls married Ellen Gilbey Gold in London in 1898. Sister of Sir Harcourt Gold.
Their son Guy Oliver Nickalls was also a rower who competed in two Olympic games. 
From 1913 to 1916 Nickalls coached Yale. Though his Yale crews won two of the three years he was there, Nickalls found the environment stressful and foreign. He was partly to blame, by spouting opinions better left unsaid or, if said, certainly not within earshot of the attentive rowing press. 
Nickalls tried to join the army in 1914 on the outbreak of war, but was turned down on account of age. By late 1917 the army had a change of heart, sending him to France, then age fifty, as a Captain in the 23rd Lancashire Fusiliers in charge of physical and bayonet training. After the war, he resumed his career as a stockbroker.
When Zürich Rowing Club won the Stewards on 6 July 1935, Nickalls told Gully "Thank God I have been spared to see what I believe to be the finest four of all time". The next morning, he was in car crash near Leeds en route to Scotland for a fishing holiday, and died in hospital the following evening. On the same day his school friend and rowing partner, Lord Ampthill, died.
 
London Rowing Club, right, beating the Argonaut Boat Club of Toronto by two feet. Guy called it ‘…the hardest [race that] I had ever rowed to that date’.
James Gardner
Champion: 1890
James Cardwell Gardner (1864 – 25 March 1935), also known by his nickname Jumps Gardner, was an English doctor and amateur rower who won the Diamond Challenge Sculls atHenley Royal Regatta and the Wingfield Sculls and rowed for Cambridge in the Boat Race in 1888, 1889 and 1890.
Gardner was born at Bunbury, Cheshire, the son of Rev. James Cardwell Gardner, vicar of Butler's Marston Warwickshire. He was educated at Rugby School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Gardner won the Colquhoun Sculls in 1886 and the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta in 1887.Cardwell stroked the winning Cambridge crews in the Boat Race in the 1888, 1889 and 1890 races. In 1889 he won the Silver Goblets at Henley and in 1890 he won the Wingfield Sculls. Gardner stroked Leander Club and Thames Rowing Club crews at various regattas and played rugby for the Midland Counties. He was also a boxer and shooting champion.
Gardner became a doctor (MB and BC 1894) and was house physician and resident house surgeon at St George's Hospital. He was later in general practice at Amersham and was Medical Officer of Health for Amersham and Justice of the Peace for Buckinghamshire. In sporting activities he played association football and golf, captained Amersham cricket team until he was 60 and was secretary of the Old Berkeley Hunt.
Gardner died at Little Kingshill, Great Missenden at the age of 70.
Vivian Nickalls
Champion: 1892, 1894-95
Vivian Nickalls (1871-1947)  won the Wingfield Sculls three times and the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regattain 1891.
Nickalls was born at Farningham, Kent, the son of Tom Nickalls and his wife Emily Quihampton. His father was a stockjobber on the London Stock Exchange with a particular expertise in investing in American railroads. Nickalls was one of twelve children, including Guy Nickalls. Nickalls was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford and rowed with hs brother in the 1891 Boat Race. He won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley in 1891 and the Wingfield Sculls in 1892 and 1894 while at Oxford. He joined London Rowing Club and with his brother he won the Silver Goblets at Henley in 1894, 1895 and 1896 and won the Wingfield Sculls again in 1895.
Nickalls married in 1898.
Nickalls went into his father's stockbroking business. The family had connections and property in the United States, and in 1914 Nickalls went to America to coach at the University of Pennsylvania. On arrival he was quoted as saying that he did not propose to use or teach the English stroke, declaring that he considered the way they row at Oxford and Cambridge and the English rowing system in general as "very bad." After the outbreak of World War Ihe resigned to join the army. He described his wartime experiences in Oars, Wars and Horses published by Hurst & Blackett in 1932. He lived at The High House, Newbury, Berkshire.
He died in 1947.
Winners of the Stewards' Challenge Cup, 1895. Left to right: Vivian Nickalls (3) H. Stout (2), A. Little (bow), Guy Nickalls (stroke).
Gibert Kennedy
Champion: 1893
Gilbert Edward B Kennedy (1866–1921) won the Wingfield Sculls in 1893.
Kennedy was born at Kingston upon Thames. He joined Kingston Rowing Club and competed in the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta between 1890 and 1893. In 1890 and 1893 he was runner-up to Guy Nickalls. Kennedy competed in the Wingfield Sculls in 1892, when he was runner-up to Vivian Nickalls. However he turned the tables in 1893 and beat V Nickalls.
In 1910 Kennedy purchased Hascombe Court at Hascombe and developed the parkland over the years until his death there at the age 55.

1896-1914

Rupert Guinness
Champion: 1896
Rupert Edward Cecil Lee Guinness, 2nd Earl of Iveagh, KG, CB, CMG, VD, ADC, FRS (1874 –1967) was an Anglo-Irish businessman, politician, oarsman and philanthropist.
Born in London, he was the eldest son of Edward Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh. He served as the twentieth Chancellor of the University of Dublin from 1927 to 1963.
 
Rupert Guinness began rowing at Eton; he won the School Sculls 1892 and was part of the Eton eight which won the Ladies' Challenge Plate at Henley Royal Regatta in 1893. At Cambridge, he joined Third Trinity Boat Club but, according to Vanity Fair's pen picture of him, "had the bad luck to develop a weakness of heart, which kept him from his place in the Cambridge eight."
While an undergraduate, he joined Thames Rowing Club to train with Bill East. He also joined Leander Club.
He won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley in 1895 and 1896, and the Wingfield Sculls, in 1896. The sculling boat in which he did so now hangs in the River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames.
He was President of Thames RC from 1911 until his death and was also the first President of the Remenham Club, from 1914 until 1938.
In 1900 he served in the Boer War with the Irish Hospital Corps. He won the Unionist MP 1908–1910 for the East End constituency of Haggerston constituency from the Liberals in a 1908 by-election, losing the seat in 1910 and from 1912 to 1927 was MP for Southend. He served as a Captain in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and was commanding officer of HMS President from 1903 until 1920. In 1927 he succeeded his father as Earl of Iveagh and chairman of the family brewing business in Dublin.
Rupert had by this time established his reputation as an able politician and enthusiastic supporter of science. 
He donated generous sums to Dublin hospitals and in 1939 presented to the Government his Dublin residence, Iveagh House (80 St Stephen's Green), now the Department of Foreign Affairs, and gave the gardens to UCD.
Harry Blackstaffe
Champion: 1887, 1901, 1905-6 & 1908
Henry Thomas Blackstaffe (1868 – 1951) won gold at the 1908 Olympics in the single scull and won the Wingfield Sculls five times over eleven years.
Blackstaffe was born in Islington, London, and became a butcher. He was a long-standing member of Vesta Rowing Club in Putney and also a cross-country runner who represented South London Harriers in the National Championships. As a single sculler he won nine victories in the London Cup at the Metropolitan Regatta. He first won the Wingfield Sculls in 1897 but in 1898, 1899 and 1900 was beaten by Benjamin Hunting Howell. He won again in 1901 defeating Saint George Ashe and Arthur Cloutte. He lost to Cloutte in 1902 and to Ashe in 1904, but beat them both in 1905 and 1906. At first he had difficulty in having his entry accepted for Henley Royal Regatta but competed in the Diamond Challenge Sculls in 1905 when he lost to Frederick Septimus Kelly. In 1906 he won the Diamond Sculls beating Captain Darell. In 1908 he won the Wingfield Sculls again and his ninth London Cup, but his major success was to win the gold medal in the single sculls at the 1908 Olympics. He was aged forty and his opponent in the final Alexander McCulloch was exactly half his age and had won Diamonds that year. The final was considered the finest race of the Olympic Regatta and was virtually level until the last 50 yards when Blackstaffe held on to a light advantage to become the oldest sculling champion in Olympic history.
After this victory, Blackstaffe retired and was made a Freeman of the City of London. He was later senior life vice-president of theAmateur Rowing Association. He died at West Wickham, aged 83.
 
Hunting Howell
Champion: 1898-99
Benjamin Hunting Howell (born September 3, 1875) was an American rower who won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta and the Wingfield Sculls in 1898 and 1899.
Howell was born in New York the son of Frederick Hunting Howell of Wall Street, New York and his wife Katherine Van Liew Howell. He was educated at the Military College in America and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, England. In 1897 he rowed in the Cambridge boat in the Boat Race in the penultimate in a ten year series of wins by Oxford. He challenged in the Wingfield Sculls in 1897 but lost to Harry Blackstaffe. In 1898, he won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley and the Wingfield Sculls, beating Harry Blackstaffe in both. He joined Thames Rowing Club and won the Diamond Challenge Sculls and the Wingfield Sculls beating Blackstaffe again in 1899. In 1900 he lost the Diamond Sculls to Edward Hemmerde, and the Wingfield Sculls to Blackstaffe.
Howell became a manufacturer of Tuxedo Park, New York. When his mother died in 1911 she made him the major legatee of her will because "he bestowed care on me during my illness while his brother and sister quite neglected me".
Hunting Howell (Right) with coach Bill East
Charles Fox
Champion: 1900
Charles Vincent Fox, DSO (1877 - 1928) was a British army officer and rower who won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta in 1900 and the Wingfield Sculls in 1901.
Fox was born in Dublin in 1877, the son of Henry and Mary Fox. His father was an agent for Dundalls Whisky and by 1881 had moved to Swanscombe, Kent.
Educated at Prior Park College, Bath.  Fox attended Pembroke College of The University of Oxford and then joined the Scots Guards and rowed for the Guards Brigade Rowing Club. In 1899 he entered the Wingfield Sculls but lost to B H Howell. He won the event in 1900 in a record time of 22min 54s. In 1901 he won the Diamond Challenge Sculls. He also won the amateur sculling championship of France and Ireland and was runner-up in the Army Middleweight Boxing Championship in 1900. 
Fox was promoted to lieutenant on 23 April 1902, and served with the Southern Nigeria Regiment of the West African Frontier Force where he was wounded and twice mentioned in dispatches.
With the outbreak of World War I, he was with the British Expeditionary Force and took part in the First Battle of Ypres. He was awarded the D.S.O "for conspicuous gallantry, in which action he captured five officers and 200 prisoners." He himself was also captured and made three escape attempts, on one occasion throwing himself from a train. He made his last successful escape attempt from Schwarmstedt Camp in June 1917. In the course of his run to the border travelling with a Lieutenant Blank, he met up with Captain John Alan Lyde Caunter whose chronicle of his time in German camps and his escape described Fox's experiences in detail. Fox provided evidence of an atrocity at the Brandenburg Camp writing on 10 July 1917 that before he arrived at the camp, an Englishman had been burned alive because guards would not let prisoners out of a burning building.
On arriving back in England he was received by the King and founded the Escaper's Club, of which he was elected president. In 1921 he was appointed Deputy Inspector General of Iraq levies with the rank of Lieutenant-colonel and retired in 1923.
CV Fox racing The Diamond Sculls at Henley in 1901
Arthur Cloutte
Champion: 1902
Arthur Hamilton Cloutte (born 1871)  won the Wingfield Sculls, in 1902
Cloutte was born at Turnham Green in west London, the son of Arthur Cloutte and his wife Jane. His father was in 1881 headmaster of Hele's School, Plympton St Maurice, Devon, where Cloutte received his early education. Cloutte joined London Rowing Club and competed in the Wingfield Sculls over several years winning in 1902. In 1901 Cloutte lost to Harry Blackstaffe, but in 1902 won the race on the line. He lost to F S Kelly in 1903, to Saint George Ashe in 1904 and to Harry Blackstaffe in 1905 and 1906. In 1905 he was runner up to L F Scholes in the Diamond Challenge Sculls.
Cloutte was a banker, and was employed by Barings Bank. However in 1913 he stole money from his employers and was sentenced to six months hard labour.
Frederick Kelly
Champion: 1903
Frederick Septimus Kelly DSC ( 1881 – 1916) was an Australian and British musician and composer and a rower who won gold at the 1908 Olympics in the GB eight. He was killed in action during the First World War.
 
Kelly was born in Sydney, Australia. He was educated at Sydney Grammar School then sent to be educated at Eton College, where he stroked the school eight to victory in the Ladies' Challenge Plate at Henley Royal Regatta in 1899.
Kelly was awarded a Lewis Nettleship musical scholarship at Oxford and went up to Balliol College, Oxford, became president of the university musical club. He was a protégé of Ernest Walker.
Kelly took up sculling while at Oxford and won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley in 1902.
He rowed for Oxford against Cambridge in the 1903 Boat Race. Kelly went on to win the Diamond sculls again that summer, beating Jack Beresford in the final. He also won the Wingfield Sculls, this was the only occasion on which he entered.
On leaving Oxford in 1903 he starting rowing at Leander Club won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley in 1903, 1904 and 1905 and the Stewards' Challenge Cup in 1906. In 1905 he again won the Diamond sculls, beating Harry Blackstaffe.
Kelly's last appearance in a racing boat was in 1908, when he won a gold medal at the 1908 Olympics.
Contemporary reports of Kelly's oarsmanship were glowing: 'his natural sense of poise and rhythm made his boat a live thing under him',  "Many think [Kelly] the greatest amateur stylist of all time".
Following the outbreak of war in 1914, Kelly was commissioned into the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve for service with the Royal Naval Division with his friends—the poet Rupert Brooke, the critic and composer William Denis Browne, and others of what became known as the Latin Club.
Kelly was wounded twice at Gallipoli, where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and reached the rank of lieutenant-commander. At Gallipoli he wrote his scores in his tent at base camp, including his tribute to Brooke, Elegy for String Orchestra: "In Memoriam Rupert Brooke" (1915), conceived in the wake of Brooke's death. Kelly was among the party who buried him on Skyros.
Kelly survived the Gallipoli slaughter, only to die at Beaucourt-sur-l'Ancre, France, when rushing a German machine gun post in the last days of the Battle of the Somme in November 1916. He lies in Martinsart's British Cemetery not far from where he fell at the age of 35.
Unmarried, he had lived at his home Bisham Grange, near Marlow, Buckinghamshire, with his sister Mary (Maisie). There is a memorial to him in the village of Bisham.
Saint Ashe
Champion: 1904
Saint George Ashe (1871 – 1922) won bronze at the 1900 Olympics in the single and won the Wingfield Sculls in 1904.
Ashe was born in Malta. He was a member of Thames Rowing Club and in 1900 was the only rower to represent Britain at the Paris Olympic games. He entered the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta seven times and was runner up in 1901 to C V Fox. He won the Wingfield Sculls in 1904 beating Arthur Cloutte, and was runner-up in 1905 and 1906 to Harry Blackstaffe.
Ashe died at Hastings at the age of 49.
J. de G.Edye
Champion: 1907
J. de G.Edye won the Wingfield Sculls in 1907
Athol Stuart
Champion: 1909
Athol Alexander Paul Rees Stuart (born 1881) was an English rower who won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley, the Wingfield Sculls and the London Cup to achieve the rowing triple crown in 1909.
Stuart was the son of Montague Pelham Stuart, of Steynton, Surbiton and his wife Mary Rees. He was educated at Cheltenham College and spent two terms at Caius College, Cambridge. In 1900 he became a Lieutenant in the 6th Battalion the Manchester Regiment and served in the Second Anglo-Boer War.
Stuart rowed for Kingston Rowing Club and was runner up to Alexander McCulloch in the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta in 1908. He won the Diamond Challenge Sculls in 1909 beating R Lucas. Later in 1909 he won the Wingfield Sculls, beating William Kinnear. Stuart also won the London Cup at the Metropolitan Regatta, winning the triple crown in the year.
Stuart served in the First World War as a captain and adjutant of the Manchester Regiment and a major in the Sherwood Foresters.
Stuart's brother Douglas Stuart was a Cambridge University and Olympic rower.
Wally Kinnear
Champion: 1910-12
William Duthie Kinnear ( 1880 –1974) was a Scottish rower who won gold at the 1912 Olympics and the Wingfield Sculls three times.
Better known to his friends as Wally, Kinnear was born in Marykirk, where he became a draper's assistant. He left home in 1902 for a career with the chain store Debenhams in London. Work colleagues introduced him to sculling and he became hooked. He first joined the Cavendish Rowing Club and in 1903 won the West End ARA sculling championship. He repeated this success in 1904 and 1905.
Kinnear then joined the Kensington Rowing Club. In 1910 he won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta and the Wingfield Sculls when he beat Robert Bourne. In 1911 he beat Eric Powell to win the Diamonds, regained the Wingfield Sculls and won the London Cup at the Metropolitan Regatta to achieve sculling's "Triple Crown".
Kinnear won the gold medal in the single sculls at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. He captured the Olympic title comfortably and later the same year secured his third successive Wingfield Sculls. He lost the Wingfield Sculls in 1913 to Jock Wise.
During World War I Kinnear served with the Royal Naval Air Service and then became a rowing coach. Later he moved to Desford, Leicestershire, where he worked as a security officer. He died of heart failure at Leicester General Hospital on 5 March 1974.
On 12 of March 2007 he was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame on 12 of March 2007.
C. W. Wise
Champion: 1913
C. W. Wise rowed for London RC
John Tann
Champion: 1914
John Laurence Tann (born 1890) was an English rower who won the Wingfield Sculls in 1914.
Tann was born at Holborn, the son of Edward Tann. The Tann family were the first in the business of manufacturing iron safes. Tann studied engineering at London University and entered the family safe business. He joined Thames Rowing Club and in 1914 won the Wingfield Sculls and the London Cup at the Metropolitan Regatta.
Tann was an Associate Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and obtained patents relating to safes. Tann was the last member of the family to run the safe making company, and having no male heir, sold the business in 1965.
Tann married Christine X Bevan at Wandsworth in 1916. His grandson Tim Crooks was an Olympic rower who also won the Wingfield Sculls.

1915-1919
No Races due to WWI

1920-1939

Jack Beresford
Champion: 1920-26
Jack Beresford, CBE, (1899 – 1977)  won five medals at five Olympic Games in succession, an Olympic record in rowing which was not surpassed for 60 years.
 
Jack Beresford was the son of Julius Beresford, who was also a rower who won a silver medal at the 1912 Olympics. Jack was educated at Bedford School where he stroked the eight and also captained the rugby football XV. During the First World War he served in the Liverpool Scottish Regiment and was wounded in the leg in France. He returned to London and learned the craft of furniture-making for Beresford & Hicks in his father's factory. He took up sculling because the leg wound put an end to his rugby career. Throughout his competitive career, Beresford (like his father and his brother, Eric Beresford) represented Thames Rowing Club.
In 1920, Beresford won the Diamond Challenge Sculls. He followed this up competing in the single sculls event rowing at the 1920 Olympics, his final race against John B. Kelly, Sr. is legendary. In 1920 Beresford won the Wingfield Sculls for the first time, and went on to win it for seven consecutive years, a streak unmatched in history. He also won the London Cup to give him the sculling triple crown in 1920.
In 1921 won the London Cup and the Wingfields which was decided on a foul after Beresford's boat was holed in a clash with Gollan. Both scullers were being steered by their fathers and so in 1922 it was decided that in future fathers of competitors should not act as pilots or steer the cutters. In 1923 Beresford was in the winning Thames eight in the Grand Challenge Cup. 
Beresford won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley again in 1924 , and went on to win the gold medal in the single scull at the 1924 Olympics. Following that he competed in and won the Philadelphia Gold Cup, awarded by the Schuylkill Navy for the amateur sculling championship of the world. In 1925, he successfully defended the Diamond Challenge Sculls and the Philadelphia Cup before indicating to its stewards that he no longer wished to contest it. With the Wingfields and London Cup he won the triple crown. Beresford won the Diamond Challenge Sculls again in 1926. He won the London Cup again and also the Wingfields, but only after his boat was holed in a clash and the race re-rowed on 11 August.
Beresford was not a winning competitor in 1927, but served as Captain of Thames in 1928-9. In 1928 at Henley he won the Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup partnering Gordon "Bill" Killick. He was also a member of the Thames eight which won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. This crew went on to win the silver medal rowing at the 1928 Olympics. His Thames crew won the Grand Challenge Cup again in 1929 and with Killick he won Silver Goblets again. In 1932 at Henley, Beresford competed in the coxless four which won the Stewards Challenge Cupand then went on to win the gold medal at the 1932 Olympics.
In the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Beresford was the flag bearer for the British delegation in the Opening Ceremonies. Rowing at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, with Adolf Hitler watching, Beresford and Dick Southwood, came from a length down to pass the favoured Germans with just 200 metres to go, thus giving Beresford his fifth Olympic medal and third gold. Beresford would later write it was "the sweetest race I ever rowed."
In the inaugural Centenary Double Sculls – now the Double Sculls Challenge Cup – at Henley in 1939, Beresford, together with Dick Southwood, raced a memorable final against the European Champions, Scherli and Broschi of Trieste which resulted in a dead-heat.
Beresford was denied the opportunity to win a medal in the double sculls event in the 1940 Olympics because those Games were cancelled because of World War II.
Beresford was elected a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta in 1946. He was a member of the organising committee of the 1948 London Olympic Games. His contribution to rowing was recognised with two honours in the 1940s: the gold medal of the international rowing federation (1947), and the Olympic diploma of merit (1949). In 1960, Beresford was appointed aCommander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He was President of Thames Rowing Club from 1970 until his death in 1977.
In 2005, a Blue Plaque was erected by English Heritage at 19 Grove Park Gardens in Chiswick, West London which was Beresford's home from 1903–1940. Beresford is one of the first sportsmen to receive this honour.
Jack vs John B Kelly at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp
Theodore Collet
Champion: 1927-29
Theodore David Anthony Collet (1901 – 1984)  competed in the 1928 Olympics.
Collet was educated at Cambridge University and rowed for Cambridge in the Boat Race in 1922, 1923 and 1924. Cambridge won in 1922 and 1924.
Collet joined Leander Club and concentrated on single sculls. In 1927 he won the Wingfield Sculls. In 1928 he competed in Amsterdam and won the bronze medal in the single sculls competition. He retained the Wingfield Sculls in 1928 and won again in 1929.
Denis Guye
Champion: 1930-32
Denis Germain Fritz Guye (1901 –1986)  competed at the 1928 Olympics and won the Wingfield Sculls three times.
Guye was born in Brentford, the son of Fritz Guye and his wife Gertrude Percy Ashton Glover. His father was a Swiss watchmaker who had settled in London. Guye was primarily a scullerand first competed in the Wingfield Sculls in 1927, losing to Theodore Collet. He was selected for the 1928 Olympics and partnered Humphrey Boardman in the double sculls event. They qualified for the second round repêchage but did not start in this race.
Guye lost to Collet in the Wingfield Sculls in 1928 and 1929, but beat him in 1930. He won again in 1931 and 1932, but lost in 1933 to Dick Southwood.
Guye's elder brother Edward Guye emigrated to Australia where he became a politician in Victoria.
Denis and Humphrey at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam
Dick Southwood
Champion: 1933
Leslie Frank "Dick" Southwood (1906 – 1986) competed in the 1932 and 1936 Summer Olympics.
Southwood was born in Fulham and was educated at Latymer Upper School. He initially joined Auriol Rowing Club but Jack Beresford spotted his sculling potential and persuaded him to join Thames Rowing Club. He competed unsuccessfully in the Wingfield Sculls in 1931. In 1932 he competed in the single sculls rowing for Great Britain at the 1932 Summer Olympics but in the final suffered an attack of cramp in the shoulder and finished fourth. He won the Wingfield Sculls in 1933, beating the holder Denis Guye.
In 1936 Southwood partnered Jack Beresford in the double sculls for Great Britain rowing at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. With Adolf Hitler watching, Beresford and Southwood came from a length down to pass the Germans with 200 metres to go and won the gold medal. Beresford thus won his fifth Olympic medal and wrote later that it was "the sweetest race I ever rowed."
Beresford and Southwood paired up again in 1939 in the centenary double sculls at Henley Royal Regatta. They dead-heated with Scherli and Broschi of Trieste, who were the reigning European champions.
Southwood died in Little Wittenham,Oxfordshire at the age of 80.
Dick and Jack after winning Gold at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin
Cuthbert Buckle
Champion: 1934
Cuthbert Kennedy Hotine (1916 - 2004) won the Wingfield Sculls in 1934.
He went to Eastbourne College and then on to Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 1934 he won The Boat Race with Cambridge before going on to win the Wingfield Sculls. 
Greatly loved husband of Pamela, father of Charmian and the late Brian Buckle and father in law of Gillian. Grandfather of James, Joanna, Susie, Mark and Matthew. Great-grandfather of eleven and great-great-grandfather of one. 
died peacefully in Ronda, Spain on 26th September 2004, aged 92.
  
Peter Jackson
Champion: 1935-36 & 1938
Peter Herbert "Jacko" Jackson  (1912 – 1983) competed at the 1936 Olympics and won the Wingfield Sculls three times.
Jackson rowed for London Rowing Club and in 1932 was a member of the crew that won the Thames Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. In 1933 his crew won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley. Jackson was also a competitive sculler. He raced in skiffs for The Skiff Club and in 1934, partnering Jock Wise won the Gentlemen's Double Sculls at the Skiff Championships Regatta. In the single scull, he won the Wingfield Sculls in 1935 and 1936. He was a member of the coxless four crew with Thomas Bristow, Alan Barrett and John Sturrock who won Silver medal for Great Britain rowing at the 1936 Summer Olympics.
Jackson was a member of the eight that won Gold medal for England in the 1938 British Empire Games. In the same games, he won the silver medal rowing in the Single Scull. Also in 1938, he won the Wingfield Sculls for the third time.
Jackson was Commanding Officer of the 10th Royal Hussars regiment.
When Jackson asked his CO permission for time off for the games, the senior rank was reluctant because leave had already been granted for Henley - so Peter picked him up and held him over the banister of the stairwell until he agreed
Jackson died in Cirencester, Gloucestershire aged 70.
Ralph Hope
Champion: 1937
Ralph Hope (1913 - 1940) won the Wingfield Sculls in 1937.
Ralph Hope was an Etonian and is the only Wingfields Champion to be lost in WW2. He was a Flying Officer in the RAF during the war and after one successful parachute escape, he was shot down on his first patrol back. He was on patrol over London when he was potentially shot by friendly fire, he stayed in his crippled Hurricane until he was certain it would fall clear of the city, he was 27.
He rowed for Oxford and in 1935 lost the boat race. He was elected president of OUBC but resigned after disagreements with the coaches (Haig-Thomas and Brigadier Boon Gibbon). He was semi  finalist in Diamonds for New College, Oxford in 1937 and sculled for Leander in Diamonds in 1938. We think he was the Nephew of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. 

1939-1945
No Races due to WWII

1946-1953

Dickie Burnell
Champion: 1946
Richard Desborough Burnell (1917 – 1995) won a gold medal in the 1948 Olympics.
 
Burnell was born in Henley-on-Thames the son of Charles Burnell who had won a gold medal in the Men's Eight in the 1908 Olympics. They are the only father and son in Olympic history to have won gold medals in rowing. He was educated at Eton College and Oxford University.
In May 1939, Burnell was commissioned into the London Rifle Brigade. He was a rowing correspondent for The Times and wrote several books on rowing matters. He rowed for Kingston Rowing Club and in 1946 he won the Wingfield Sculls.
In the 1948 Olympics Burnell won the gold medal with his partner Bert Bushnell in the double sculls event. The pair only had a month to train for the Games and their differing physiques and class backgrounds presented some difficulties in the boat. Bushnell later said in an interview, "There was class tension there and it came from me being bloody awkward." 
On the Henley Royal Regatta course, they lost to France in the first round, but then won both the repêchage followed by the semi-final. Bushnell nearly missed the final, held at the Leander Club in Henley, as stewards would not allow him to enter; he later explained "You see I wasn't a member then – not posh enough". 
At the 1950 British Empire Games he won the bronze medal as part of the English boat in the eights competition.
In 1940 Burnell married Rosalind, a daughter of English Olympic Gold medal-winning rower Stanley Garton. They had five children: Peter, John, Edward, Alexandra, and Elizabeth.Burnell's son, Peter, rowed for Oxford in 1962.
Burnell died in Wallingford in 1995.
During the run up to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the BBC produced the film Bert and Dickie (also called Going For Gold: The '48 Games), depicting Burnell and Bushnell's achievement at the 1948 Games.
Dickie and Bert after their win at the 1948 London Olympics, held at Henley.
Bert Bushnell
Champion: 1947
Bertram Harold Thomas Bushnell (1921 – 2010) won gold in the 1948 Olympics.
 
Bushnell was born in Wargrave, Berkshire, the younger son of John "Jack" Henry Bushnell, a ship builder who had operated his own boatyard at Wargrave and was a former rower who gave up his own Olympic dreams in order to provide for his family. The Bushnell family have had a Royal Warrant since before the First World War and this has continued into the present generation with the senior member appointed a Royal Waterman to the reigning British monarch.
Bushnell attended Henley Grammar School where he excelled at sport. He became an apprentice at ship builders John I. Thornycroft & Company at the age of fourteen at the Southampton Docks.
Bushnell first competed in rowing in 1939. In order to retain his amateur status under the rules of the Amateur Rowing Association, Bushnell was ineligible to work for his father's shipbuilding business as a boat mechanic and instead continued to work for Thornycrofts, becoming a marine engineer. During the Second World War, Bushnell testedmotor torpedo boat engines and worked a 52-hour week for ₤3 10s. He was also involved in the evacuation of Dunkirk, attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
Following the war, Bushnell began to compete in rowing once more. At the 1946 Henley Royal Regatta, Bushnell lost to Burnell in the Diamond Challenge Sculls. While at the Marlow Regatta in 1946, he accepted an offer to travel to Argentina to train and compete there. While in South America in the summer of 1947, he was undefeated in several single scull races on the Rio Tigre and met Juan Perón, President of Argentina, and his wife Eva Perón. He won the Wingfield Sculls in 1947, but lost to Jack Kelly in the semi-final in the Diamond Challenge Sculls in 1947.
In 1948 he won a gold medal at the 1948 Olympics in the double with Dickie Burnell (see above).
In September 1948 Bushnell married Margaret Campbell They spent the first few years of their married life on a Thames sailing barge, moored up outside the boathouse in Maidenhead.They had three daughters: Patricia Pueschel, Jacqueline Page, and Susan Bushnell.
After retiring from competitive rowing in 1951, Bushnell played association football forMaidenhead United and set up his own boatyard in Maidenhead, that rented cabin cruisers. Bushnell pioneered the development of recirculative "pump-out" lavatories which freed holidaymakers from elsan emptying and earned him the affectionate nickname "Recirc Bert". Bushnell was a founder member and later Chairman of the British Hire Cruiser Federation. After selling his business in 1979, he moved to The Algarve, Portugal.[11] After the death of his wife in December 1988, Bushnell returned to live in Henley.
About 2000 Bushnell donated his gold medal to the River and Rowing Museum in Henley, as he was concerned about it being stolen from his home and figured it was easy enough to go and visit it at the museum. In October 2006 Bushnell presented the trophy to Alan Campbell as winner of the Wingfield Sculls. Bushnell died at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in 2010, aged 88.
Philip Carpmael
Champion: 1950
Philip Nevil Carpmael (1908–1988)  won the Wingfield Sculls twice.
Carpmael was born at Warwick. He was educated at Oundle School and Jesus College, Cambridge. In 1929/30, he was Captain of Jesus College Boat Club, and he rowed in the winning Cambridge crews of the Boat Race in 1930 and 1931 races. He led a team for two years running to Australia where they won easily against extremely tough opposition.
Carpmael joined London Rowing Club and in 1948 was the first winner of the Norfolk Sculls. He won the Wingfield Sculls in 1948 and 1949.
Carpmael was still rowing at the age of 70 against his sons, R.N Carpmael also won the Wingfield Sculls in 1961.
Carpmael married Anne Wise, widow of Jock Wise. Anne and her former husband had purchased a small cottage, fronting the River Thames at Goring-on-Thames and as surrounding land came up for sale, they bought it to preserve the flora and fauna. Prior to her death in 2003 she established a Charitable Trust to preserve the house and riverside land as Withymead nature reserve.
Edward Sturges
Champion: 1950
Edward M Sturges (1920–1997) won the Wingfield Sculls in 1950
Sturges was born at Kensington. He was educated at Radley College where he was one of the winning crew in the Ladies' Challenge Plate at Henley Royal Regatta in 1938, along with Tim Richards' (2014-15 winner) Grandfather, Donald. After winning in 38 they didn't do very well in 39 but within a couple of months of bombing out at HRR he was in the marines and leading a company of soldiers.  He ended up raiding the Arakan peninsula in Burma and almost mutinying against a superior so had to leave the marines and went to SOE who parachuted him in behind the lines in Karen hills where he built an air strip. The first person to land in a Lysander was an Arkell younger brother to another of the 38 crew. During World War II he served as a major in the Royal Marines in Burma behind enemy lines. In spite of his size, he was able to creep as stealthily as a cat and ran an effective guerilla campaign.
After the second world war, Sturges joined London Rowing Club and won Silver Goblets at Henley Royal Regatta partnering John Pinches. They were runners up in the same event in 1950 and also in 1950, Sturges won the Wingfield Sculls.
Sturges ran a gymnasium in Knightsbridge for forty years and trained generations of young people, including the four children of Queen Elizabeth II. He retired to Benson, Oxfordshire in 1992. It was here when he met the pilot from the Karen Hills. The Arkells have a brewery in Devizes and brew a beer in honour of the current owners uncle's exploits at RAF Benson for an event commemorating the 50th anniversary the pilot was speaking to the veterans and Edward was living in Benson and went along. He trained every day and had sculled on the evening he died at the age 76.
Tony Fox
Champion: 1951-3
Thomas Anthony Fox (1928 – 2010) competed at the 1952 & 1956 Olympics. He won the Diamond Challenge Sculls and the Wingfield Sculls.
Fox was born on Guernsey, the son of an Irish doctor, William Burton Fox. He was educated at Sherborne School and Pembroke College, Cambridge where he studied medicine. 
In 1951 he won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta. He also won the Wingfield Sculls and the London Cup in the same year to achieve the rowing triple crown. He then joined London Rowing Club and 1952 he came second in the Diamond Challenge Sculls to Mervyn Wood. He competed in the Olympics at Helsinki in the single sculls and came fourth overall.Later in 1952 he won the Wingfield Sculls again. In 1953 he regained the Diamond Challenge Sculls and retained the Wingfield Sculls for the third year. In 1954, Fox and his partnerJohn Marsden astonished the rowing world by beating the Russian silver medallists in the Double Sculls at Henley. Marsden had beaten Fox in the first tideway Scullers Head earlier that year. The pair went on to win the European Championships at Amsterdam.
In 1956 Fox was runner up to Teodor Kocerka in the Diamond Challenge Sculls. He competed in the Olympics at Melbourne but only made it to the second heat.
Fox completed his medical training at St George's Hospital and joined the family general practice on Guernsey with his father, brother and uncle.
Fox married Paula Sweby, a nurse at St George's, in 1958 and had four daughters. He retired to Cornwall in 1989 and died four days after his eighty-second birthday in 2010.
 

1954-1962

Sid Rand
Champion: 1954
Sidney Charles Rand (1934 – 2008) competed for Great Britain at the 1956 &1960 Olympics. He won the Wingfield Sculls in 1954 and the Double Sculls Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 1956.
Rand was born in Tottenham. He and his brother were evacuated during the Second World War to Northampton. After the war the family returned to Tottenham and Rand attended Down Lane School. He started rowing on the River Lea in east London at the age of 14 where he sculled a Thames skiff until he was good enough for a fine boat. In 1952 he joined the Royal Air Force on National Service that year. He was posted to RAF Benson, where as a corporal, he rowed for the RAF, the force's rowing facilities being based with Wallingford Rowing Club across the River Thames.
In 1954 Rand won the Wingfield Sculls beating Tony Fox and John Marsden and competed in the event nine times in his career.He also won the first Scullers Head and was selected for the1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, where he took silver. After completing his three years of National Service, Rand moved to Henley on Thames, where he joined Leander Club, working full-time for a Henley building firm. In 1955 he lost the final of the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta, by a length and a half to Teodor Kocerka, but in 1956 won the Double sculls with his brother Bill Rand.They were selected for the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne. In 1960 he competed in the Single sculls at the Olympics in Rome.
In 1961 Rand met Olympic long-jumper Mary Bignal and she accepted his marriage proposal shortly after they met. He supported her at the 1964 Olympics where she won gold, silver and bronze. The marriage ended after five years.
Sid had four children, Alison from his first marriage, and from his second marriage of nearly 39 years to Sheena, Vicky, Will and Juliet. It was in July 1969 that Sid and Sheena were set up on a blind date at a barn dance in Nuffield. They hit it off and were married on Valentine’s Day in 1970. 
After his international career, Rand turned to coaching at Upper Thames Rowing Club and Leander Club and spent time with the British squad at the end of the 20th century. In 1999 he coached Steve Williams and Simon Dennis to a win at the Silver Goblets at Henley. He continued to row and scull himself, competing regularly.  He also resumed skiffing being a successful competitor at the Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta.
Rand died of cancer at the Royal Berkshire Hospital aged 74.
Doug Melvin
Champion: 1955 & 1958
Douglas V Melvin (1928)  won the Wingfield Sculls twice.
Melvin was born at Lancaster. He took a job there with the Electricity Board, and was working there and rowing for John O'Gaunt Rowing Club when he won the Wingfield Sculls in 1955. He was encouraged by Eric Phelps to join London Rowing Club and was able to transfer his Electricity Board job to Wandsworth. This gave him the opportunity to train alongside other notable scullers at the club including Farn Carpmael, John Marsden, Tony Fox and John Pinches. In the Diamond Challenge Sculls in 1955 he reached the semi-final where he met Teodor Kocerka, the eventual winner. He went on to represent Great Britain in the single sculls at the European Championships later the same year. In 1956 he was selected as the spare man for the Great Britain team for the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne. After his boat and blades were shipped off to the Games he was de-selected in favour of someone more inclined to rowing rather than sculling. In 1957 he won the Scullers Head of the River Race and 1958, the Wingfield Sculls again.
In 1960 Melvin retired from competitive rowing to concentrate on his career. However he became a coach and a GB selector. In later years he returned to competitive rowing as a veteran oarsman and sculler. In 2000 he was elected President of London Rowing Club and held the office for four years. He was the President of John O'Gaunt Rowing Club from 1966 to 2009.
John Marsden
Champion: 1956
Arthur John Marsden (1915 – 2004) won the Wingfield Sculls in 1956.
He was born at Dehra Dun in India, where his father, who later joined the Eton mathematics staff, was then a Forest Officer. Marsden was educated at St Cyprian's School, Eastbourne and Eton where he won the pulling and the sculling events as well as the mile, the half-mile and the steeplechase. On leaving Eton he spent four years studying for a doctorate from the University of Bonn and returned with fluency in German and French as well as good Italian, Spanish and Norwegian.
Marsden was an officer in the school Corps and so had a Territorial commission. In World War II, he joined the Army early in 1940. As an expert linguist, he was assigned to Intelligence, taking part in the Lofoten Islands raid, being parachuted into Africa, and working behind enemy lines in Italy. He became a Lieutenant-Colonel and commanded an independent unit working with Dwight Eisenhower's staff for the D-Day landings. As this unit had its own aircraft, Marsden qualified as a pilot. He was mentioned in dispatches and awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palms by General de Gaulle, and the American Bronze Star.
After the war, he returned to teach at Eton and in 1954 took over as Master in House from Harry Babington Smith. He joined Vesta Rowing Club and drove regularly to Putney to train for the Wingfield Sculls. He had covered 3,000 miles on the water before his first attempt at the title and won it at his fifth attempt in 1956, aged 41. Two years earlier, in 1954, he and his partnerTony Fox, astonished the rowing world by beating the Russian silver medallists in the Double Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta. He had beaten Fox, twice winner of the Diamond Sculls, in the first tideway Scullers Head earlier that year.
Marsden retired early from his house at Eton, becoming first a stockbroker and then a farmer. However he returned to teaching as Director of Studies at a London tutorial college where continued until he was well into his seventies. In 1975, in partnership with Nicholas Browne, he took over the Gibbs Preparatory School at Collingham Gardens and founded Collingham Tutors.
Marsden married Suzanne M Boyd (née Cooke), the widow of Arthur N A Boyd, an Eton cricketer who was killed in action in 1940. Marsden and his wife had a son and three daughters.
Graham Beech
Champion: 1957
W Graham Beech (died 1993) won the Wingfield Sculls in 1957.
Beech started rowing with Birmingham Rowing Club in 1954. Partnering Ken Tinegate he was runner up in the Double Sculls Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 1954. He joined London Rowing Club in 1957. Although he lost to Teodor Kocerka in the semi final of the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley, later in 1957 he won the Wingfield Sculls beating Sidney Rand by half a length.
Beech "one of London Rowing Club's more colourful members" died of a heart attack in 1993.
John Russell
Champion: 1959
John Michael Russell (1935) competed in the 1960 & 1964 Olympics and won the Wingfield Sculls in 1959.
Russell was born in London. In 1959, he won the Wingfield Sculls.
In the 1960 Olympics, he was a crew member of the British coxed four which was eliminated in the repechage of the coxed fours event.
Four years later, he won the silver medal in the coxless four with Hugh Wardell-Yerburgh, Bill Barry, and John James.
George Justicz
Champion: 1960
George C Justicz (1931) competed in the 1960 Olympic games and won Double Sculls Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta four times and the Wingfield Sculls.
Justicz was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. His family came to England and he became a member of Birmingham Rowing Club where he was captain in 1959 and 1960. He competed in the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta in 1958. In 1959, partnering Nicholas Birkmyre, he was runner up at the Double Sculls Challenge Cup at Henley. In 1960 the pair won the Double Sculls Challenge Cup and went on to compete in the double sculls at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. Justicz also won the Wingfield Sculls as a single sculler in 1960. Justicz and Birkmyer won the Double Sculls at Henley again in 1961 and won a silver medal at the European Championships. They then joined Leander Cluband in 1962 won the Double Sculls at Henley, came fifth in the World Championships and won a gold medal at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. They made their final winning appearance in the Double Sculls at Henley 1964.
R.N.Carpmael
Champion: 1961
R. N. Carpmael won the Wingfield Sculls in 1961.
Son of Farn Carpmael who won in 1948-9. He rowed out of London Rowing Club and also won the London Cup that year. 
C.A.Dearsley
Champion: 1962
C. A. Dearsley won the Wingfield Sculls in 1962.
He was the first waterman to win the Sculls, he also won Doggett's and London Cup. 

1963-1972

Bill Barry
Champion: 1963-66
William Louis Barry ( 1940)  won a silver medal for Great Britain in the coxless fours at the 1964 Olympics. 
He is the great-nephew of former world professional champion Ernest Barry.
Barry won the Wingfield Sculls four years running from 1963 to 1966.
He is coach to Great Britain sculler Alan Campbell from Tideway Scullers School, who won Olympic bronze in the single at London 2012 along with five Wingfield Titles.
Serpentine Regatta 1962 – Bill Barry at the raft with Tom Peters, the Quintin and Polytechnic boatman.
N.P Cooper
Champion: 1967
Ken Dwan
Champion: 1968-72
Kenneth Victor Dwan (1948) competed in the Olympic Games in 1968 and 1972 and won the Wingfield Sculls six times.
Dwan was born in Rotherhithe, London to a family of lightermen in the Port of London. He joined Poplar Blackwall and District Rowing Club at the age of 12 initially as a cox but soon as an oarsman. When he was 15 he was apprenticed as lighterman to his grandfather Williams and this allowed him to enter the novice sculls in the National Dock Labour Board (NDLB) regatta at Putney. He won the race which included contestants of that year’s Doggett's Coat and Badge Race. 
In 1968 Dwan was runner-up in the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta. He also competed for Great Britain in the single scull in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico. He reached the final and came 6th overall. In 1972 he competed again for Great Britain in the single scull in the Summer Olympics in Munich when he came 9th. Dwan was runner up in the Diamond Challenge Sculls in 1974.
In 1977 Dwan was accepted as one of Royal Watermen during the Queen’s Jubilee Year. Dwan continued to work as a lighterman, but with severance at the docks, he decided to work for himself and withdrew from lighterage and rowing at the same time. For a while he worked on the building of the Thames Barrier, and then on pleasure boats on the River Thames. He then went into business with Bill Ludgrove and set up their own company Thames Cruises. In 2004 Dwan was appointed Queen's Bargemaster, being responsible for the safety of the Queen when she travelled by water. However in the light of protests because of his involvement with the Marchioness disaster, he resigned.
Ken at Henley in 1971

1973-1989

David Sturge
Champion: 1973-4
David Philip Sturge (1948) competed at the 1976 Olympics and won the Wingfields twice.
He rowed in the winning Cambridge boat in The Boat Race in 1973. Also in 1973, Sturge was runner up in the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta and won the Wingfield Sculls. He won the Wingfield Sculls again in 1974. Sturge competed at the 1976 Olympics in the coxless pairs partnering Henry Clay. 
Graeme Mulcahy 
Champion: 1976
Graeme Mulcahy competed and won the 1976 Wingfield Sculls.
He rowed in the Isis crew 1969 and subsequently for Quintin BC, winning national Championships in eights in 1973.
Then deciding to specialise in sculling, he was selected for the GB quad in 1975 (first year a GB quad reached the final at the World Championships) and 1977.
Winning the Wingfields in 1976 was acccompanied by winning National Championsips and home countries match for England.
   
Tim Crooks
Champion: 1977-8 & 1980
Timothy John Crooks (1949) competed at the 1972 & 1976 Olympics. He is seven times winner at Henley Royal Regatta and won the Wingfield Sculls three times.
Crooks was educated at Radley College and raced in the World Youth Championships in 1967. He won the Thames Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 1968 competing for Leander Club, then won Silver Goblets in 1971 and partnering Glyn Locke. He raced in the 1971 World Rowing Championships in the coxless pair, then in 1972 switched to the double scull with Patrick Delafield, winning the Double Sculls Challenge Cup at Henley. Crooks and Delafield reached the final rowing for Great Britain at the 1972 Summer Olympics at Munich and led briefly before finishing out of the medals in fifth.
In 1973 Crooks moved to the eight, winning the silver medal at the 1974 World Championships behind the U.S., and the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley in 1975 and finished 4th in the World Championships in the coxed four. He won the silver medal in the eight at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. 
Crooks then competed in the single scull winning the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley and came 4th in the World Championships. He went on to win the Wingfield Sculls in 1977, 1978 and 1980.   Competing again at Henley in the early 1980s, in 1983 for Kingston Rowing Club he won the Queen Mother Challenge Cup and runner up in the Diamond Challenge, then in 1984 was runner-up in the Double Sculls.
Crooks also won the 1977 version of the BBC television show Superstars.
 
Tim winning the Diamond Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta in 1977
Malcolm Carmichael
Champion: 1979
Malcolm James Carmichael (1955) competed in the 1980 Olympics.
In 1979 he came 4th in the coxless pair with Charles Wiggin at the World Championships. Later that year he won the Wingfield Sculls before going onto the 1980 Olympics in the same pair and won the bronze medal.
His daughter Emily Carmichael is currently rowing at Leander club and has high hopes of emmulating her father. 
Chris Baillieu
Champion: 1981-84
Christopher Latham Baillieu MBE (1949) competed in the 1976 and 1980 Olympics, won four boat races for Cambridge between 1970 and 1973.
He was educated at Radley College and at Jesus College, Cambridge. He was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1976.
After Cambridge he then concentrated on sculling, and won the Double Sculls Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta with Mike Hart in 1973 and 1975. At the 1976 Montreal Olympics they won a silver medal. The same pair won the Double Sculls Challenge Cup again in 1977,1978 and a gold medal at the World Championships. In 1979 he won the Double Sculls with a new partner James Clark. At the 1980 Moscow Olympics the double finished fourth.
Baillieu then concentrated on single scull and won the Wingfield Sculls four years running from 1981 to 1984, and the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta in 1981, 1982 and 1984.
He was the first chairman of British Swimming, from 2001 to 2008.
Chris after his first win in 1981
 
Steve Redgrave
Champion: 1985-89
Sir Steven Geoffrey Redgrave, CBE, DL (1962) is the only person to have won gold medals in an endurance sport at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000, has won nine World Rowing Championships golds, Henley sixteen times and the Wingfields five times.
Born in Marlow and educated at Great Marlow School. In 1979 & 1980 he went to the Junior World Championships winning a silver in the double in 1980.
Between 1981 and 2000 he dominated the world of rowing. 
Five Olympic Golds, first in the coxed four (1984), three in the coxless pair (1988,1992, 1996) before winning the coxless four in Sydney (2000) the build up can be seen in the documentary "Gold Fever". And one Olympic bronze in 1988 in the coxed pair when they doubled up.
He competed at Henley Royal Regatta for more than two decades, winning : the Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup seven times; the Stewards' Challenge Cup five times; the Diamond Challenge Sculls twice, the Double Sculls Challenge Cup, and the Queen Mother Challenge Cup for quadruple sculls.
He always wanted to define himself as a single sculler but was too good at the sweep side to let that go. However he did win the Wingfields five times between 1985-89.  
 
He married Ann Callaway (now Ann, Lady Redgrave) in 1988; an accomplished rower in her own right, she represented Great Britain in the women's eight at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 and is Chief Medical Officer to the GB rowing.
Steven and Ann Redgrave have three children, Natalie, Sophie and Zac. Natalie rowed with the Oxford University Women's Boat Club which won the women's boat race at Henley Boat Races in 2011.
 
His honours and achievements outside of rowing are also impressive.
In 1996 he was the winner of the game show Gladiatorys.
He was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1987 and promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1997 before he collected a Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2001.
In 2000 after winning his fifth olympic gold he was awarded the BBC sports personality of the year before winning the lifetime achievement award in 2011.
In 2001 the International Rowing Federation awarded him the Thomas Keller Medal for Outstanding International Rowing Career.
The Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake was opened by him and Matt Pinsent in 2006. The lake and boathouse provide training, medical and scientific facilities for the GB rowing squad.
At the 2012 London Olympics he carried the Olympic Torch into the Olympic Stadium.
Since 2014 he has been the Chairman of Henley Royal Regatta.
 
 

1990-2000

Rory Henderson
Champion: 1990
Rorie Henderson (1961) won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley and the Wingfield Sculls.
Henderson raced in the quaduple scull at the 1989 World Championships. After losing to Steve the year before in the Wingfield Sculls, in 1990 he overturned this result and rowed Steve to a standstill. He competed at the World Championships in 1991 in the Double scull partnering Guy Pooley (see below). In 1992 he won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta over current GB lightweight women's rowing coach Paul Reedy.
Henderson joined Salmon Developments in 1993 and became acting managing director from 2001 to 2006 and a director of the company.
Rory's nephew, Josh Butler is currently Head Coach of Westminster School Boat Club. 
Guy Pooley
Champion: 1991-2
Guy R Pooley (1965) competed at the 1992 & 1996 Olympic Games, raced four times in the University Boat race and won the Wingfield Sculls twice.
Attending Imperial College London, he was a member of the Great Britain under 23 team in 1986 and 1987 and competed in the World Student Games in 1987 and 1989. He then went on to race the boat race for Cambridge four times between 1988-91. 
In 1985 and 1987 he won the Visitors Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta before winning the Queen Mother Challenge Cup in 1993.
He competed in the world rowing championships in 1991 and 1993. He won the Wingfield Sculls in 1991 and 1992. the Scullers Head in 1992 and 2001. 
He was on the GB rowing team for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, competing in the men's quadruple scull. In 1996 he went to Atlanta as the spare man, but competed in the double scull after James Cracknell became ill and was unable to compete.
He is a member of Crabtree and Leander Club and still races in his single. 
Pooley is a chemistry teacher and housemaster at Eton College and is the current Wingfield's Treasurer.
Wade Hall-Craggs
Champion: 1993
Oliver Wade Hall-Craggs (1966) competed at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic in the single scull and won the 1993 Wingfield Sculls. 
Wade was educated and rowed at Shrewsbury School.
He represented Great Britain in the Single Scull at the 1992 Olympics and then in the quad at the 1993 World Championships with Guy Pooley after winning the Queen Mother Challenge Cup at HRR.
He is current head coach at Durham University Boat Club, a position he has held since 2000. He is also the current Wingfield's Secretary. 
Peter Haining
Champion: 1994-6 & 2000
Peter Moir Haining (1962) competed in the 1992 & 1996 Olympic games, three times World Lightweight Single Sculling Champion and four time Wingfield Champion.
Haining was born at Dumbarton, Scotland. His father and sister were rowers, and he learnt to row at Loch Lomond Rowing Club.
In 1984 he went to Nottingham to the National lightweight squad.  He won two silver medals at the World Rowing Championships in the lightweight coxless four in 1986 and 1987 and bronze in the lightweight eight in 1990.
He won the Ladies' Challenge Plate at Henley Royal Regatta in 1989 after a famous rerow against Harvard. In 1990 when he was persistently late for training in the eight, his coach pushed him into single sculling.
Although a lightweight rower, Haining competed at the 1992 Barcelpona Olympics in the quadruple scull. He was then World Champion in lightweight single sculls in 1993,1994 and 1995. Rowing for Auriol Kensington Rowing Club, he won the Wingfield Sculls in 1994, 1995, and 1996 and competed in the single scull at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
Haining was runner up to Greg Searle in the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley in 1997 and won a silver medal in the 1998 World Championships lightweight coxless pairs. In 2000 he won the Wingfield Sculls again. His last international appearance before retiring was in the GB lightweight eight at the World Rowing Championships in 2002.
In 2005 Haining joined Richard Spratley as coach at Oxford Brookes University Boat Club, who won The Temple Challenge Cup in 2006.
In 2007 he went on to become assistant coach at Abingdon School Boat Club who won The Princess Challenge Cup in 2011 and 2012 with help from Peter. 
He is still on the Thames in London learning to become a waterman. 
Martin Kettle
Champion: 1997
Martin Kettle won the Wingfields and the Scullers head for Queen's Tower Boat Club (Imperial College Alumni) in 1997 after racing at two World Cups in the Quadruple Scull. 
 
Greg Searle
Champion: 1998-2000
Gregory  Mark Pascoe Searle MBE (1972) is an Olympic Champion having competed at four Olympics (1992, 96, 2000 and 2012).
Greg was rowed at Hampton School as part of a very successful era winning the coverted treble (Schools Head, National Schools and the Princess Elizabeth at HRR. He went to university at London's South Bank University.
After two Gold medals in the coxless four at the Junior World Championships in 1989 and 1990, Greg went on to win Bronze at the World Championships in the Eight.
At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with his brother Jonny Searle and cox Garry Herbert he won Gold. He also won a World Championships gold medal in 1993 with his brother. In the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, he wn Bronze in the coxless four. Following Atlanta, he converted briefly to competing in the single scull (coached by Harry Mahon) where he won bronze at the 1997 Rowing World Championships and the Diamond Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta. He was a finalist in the men's pair at the2000 Sydney Olympics with Ed Coode, finishing a disappointing and close fourth, having led much of the way in one of the most amazing races of all time.
After his retirement as an international rower, Searle joined the British sailing team in the America's Cup. He was a "grinder" in the 2002 Challenger Series.
He decided to returned to international rowing at the age of 38 for the 2010 World Rowing Championships and won an Olympic bronze medal, age 40, in the men's eight at London 2012.
 
Searle was awarded an MBE in the 1993 New Year's Honours, following his gold at Barcelona.
Bert Bushnell presents sculls to Greg Searle in 2000

2001-10

Ian Lawson
Champion: 2001-03
Ian Lawson (1977)​ competed at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens in the Single Scull and won the Wingfields three times.
Ian rowed in the 2001 World Championships in the double scull before moving to the quad in 2002, and back to the double with Matt Wells in 2003 before being the single sculler at the Athens Olympics in 2004. In 2007 World Championships he was back in the quad.
He  won the Diamond Challenge Sculls in 2008 for Leander. 
After this he became coach and then Head Coach at Eton College as part of a successful era between 2009 to 2014, winning three Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cups, at HRR including two triples (SHORR, NSR, PE). 
Queens Bargemaster Chas Newens presents silver sculls to Ian Lawson 2001
Matt Wells
Champion: 2004-5
Matthew Wells (1979) competed in the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games winning bronze medal in Beijing.
Wells was born in Bradford and grew up in Hexham, where he learnt to row at Queen Elizabeth High School.
In 1997 he won gold in the double sculls at the World Junior Championships in 1997. He took bronze at the World U23 Championships in 1999. 
In 2000, he took gold in the single at the World U23 championships, then represented Great Britain at the 2000 Olympic Games, finishing in ninth.
In 2003, Wells came fifth in the World Championships in the men's double with Ian Lawson. In 2004, he competed at Olympic Games with Matthew Langridge in the double.
Transferring to the quadruple sculls with Alan Campbell in 2005, he won a bronze in the World Cup at Lucerne, the first world-level medal by a GB men's quad. This crew then finished 7th in the World Championships.
He then returned to the double sculls, claiming bronze at the 2006 World Championships but finished 4th in 2007. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Wells and Stephen Rowbotham took Britain's first men's Olympic sculling medal since 1976, winning bronze in the men's double sculls.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics he was part of the Britishquadruple sculls team that finished 5th.
His is currently the director of rowing at Monkton Combe School, near Bath which he started after the olympics in 2012.
Alan Campbell
Champion: 2006, 2009-10, 2012-13
Alan Campbell (1983) won a Bronze medal in the single scull at the 2012 Olympic Games, multiple medals at World Championships and five Wingfields Titles. 
Alan Campbell was born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, and started rowing for his school, Coleraine Academical Institution for Boys and then went on to Bann Rowing Club Coleraine. Years later he left for London and joined Tideway Scullers School to be coached by Bill Barry.
In 2003 Campbell won the Diamond Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta, he also won this in 2007 and 2011. He then made his international debut at the World U23 Championships in 2003, where he was forced to switch from the double to the single sculls five days before the regatta when his sculling partner became ill. Despite this he finished 8th.
He competed in the quadruple sculls at the 2004 Summer Olympics. In 2005, Campbell won the men's single at the GB Selection Trials, and raced in the men's quad for the World Cup series, winning the bronze at Lucerne regatta. At the 2005 World Championships they finished 7th.
In 2006, Campbell switched to competing in the men's heavyweight single, and won the Munich world cup regatta ahead of Olaf Tufte. He also finished second in Lucerne, behind Mahé Drysdale, and fourth in Poznań, to win the overall world cup standings.
Campbell competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing where he participated in the Men's Single Scull; he led up to 1000m, where he was over taken by Olaf Tufte and finished fifth. Prior to the games, he had picked up a virus that required knee surgery, which left him on crutches for three weeks in June 2008. Post 2008 Alan medalled at every World Championships running up to London 2012: Silver in 2009 and then Bronze medals in 2010 and 2011.
In the 2012 London Olympics, Campbell won the bronze medal in the men's single sculls.
Alan is the proud Husband to Jules and in 2014 became a dad to Tabitha.
He has had a torrid few years with injury and illness but in 2015 announced he was back with a fantastic Bronze at the 2015 World Cup in Lucerne. 
Alan raced the single at the 2016 Olympic games and narrowly missed the A-final, sadly he didn't race the B-final due to illness. I'm sure this is not the last time we will see this pillar of British sculling in his single. 
Elise Laverick
Champion: 2007
Elise Mary Sherwell (née Laverick) (1975)  won bronze at the 2004 & 2008 Olympics. She won the first Womens race for the Wingfield Sculls in 2007.
Elise Laverick originally planned to be a professional musician and studied at the famed Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She is highly skilled at both violin and double bass. Encouraged by her mother, a former international rower, she began to row at the age of 17.
In 1997 won a bronze in the eight at the World Championships. She regularly switched boat classes until 2004 when she formed a partnership with Sarah Winckless in the double sculls where they won Bronze at the Olympic Games. A few weeks later she suffered a broken hip, fractured hand and facial damage when she was knocked off her bicycle by a hit-and-run driver. After several operations she returned to rowing six months later.
Eighteen months before the Athens Olympics she formed a new partnership with Anna Watkins, they won another Bronze at the 2007 World Championships. At the 2008 Olympic they finished third but less than a quarter of a second behind the New Zealand champions.
She retired after the Games and began training to be a solicitor.
Mahe Drysdale
Champion: 2007-8
Alexander Mahé Owens Drysdale, MNZM (1978) is a New Zealand rower. Drysdale is the current double Olympic champion and five-time World champion in the single sculls as well as winning the Wingfield Sculls twice and Diamond Challenge Sculls four times.  
Drysdale attended Tauranga Boys' College in Tauranga, New Zealand, then the University of Auckland. He began rowing at university at the age of 18. He gave up rowing to concentrate on his studies, but began rowing again after watching fellow New Zealander Rob Waddell win gold at the 2000 Olympic Games. Drysdale has also represented New Zealand in canoe polo as a junior. He represented NZ in an under-18 team that toured to Fiji. Later he was a NZ under-21 representative that toured to Tonga. In 1999–2000 he was executive of NZ Canoe Polo.
Drysdale began competing at World Cup level in 2002, in the New Zealand coxless four. After the 2004 Olympic Games. Drysdale switched to the single scull, winning the 2005 World Championships at Gifu, Japan, despite having broken two vertebrae in a crash with a water skier earlier in the year.
He successfully defended his title in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 and won silver in 2010, 2014 and 2015.  At the 2009 World Rowing Championships he also beat his own World Record in the single and reduced it to 6:33.35. 
In 2008 he was chosen to carry the New Zealand flag during the parade of nations in the opening ceremony at the Olympics. Unfortunately for Drysdale, a severe gastrointestinal infection in the week before his final saw him off form and he was only able to win the bronze medal in the men's single scull. Clearly suffering from his illness, after his race Drysdale was carried by life raft and then moved to a waiting ambulance. 
At the 2012 Summer Olympics Drysdale won the gold medal in the men's single sculls, which he retained in Rio in one of the best races of all time. He was awarded the same time as Damir Martin (Croatia) but on the photo finish Mahe won the gold on the surge. 
Drysdale won the 2006 supreme Halberg award, the University of Auckland Young Alumnus of the Year Award in 2007, and was awarded Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rowing in the 2009 New Year Honours.
Drysdale is a member of the West End Rowing Club in Avondale, Auckland, New Zealand, and most importantly Tideway Scullers, London, which is why he was allowed to race for the Wingfields. 
 
Sophie Hosking
Champion: 2008-9
Sophie Hannah Marguerite Hosking MBE ( 1986) is Olympic Chamion in the lightweight double sculls, 2012 and has won the Wingfield Sculls Twice.
She studied at Kingston Grammar School in London and then went on to Durham University (Chemistry and Physics), coached by Wade Hall-Craggs. Her father was world champion in the 1980 lightweight eight. 
She won a silver medal the 2006 U23 World Rowing Championships in the lightweight single before a bronze 
in the lightweight quad at the Senior Worlds that same year. Then went to win silver the year after. In 2009 she moved into the lightweight double with Hester Goodsell where they won two bronze medals, 2009 & 2011 and a 4th in 2010. In 2012 she was joined by new kid on the block Kat Copeland. This combination clicked and they went on to win the Olympics. 
Hosking was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to rowing.
Following her retirement from competitive rowing, Hosking embarked on her new career, training as a solicitor and is an avid fan of AFC Wimbledon.
Anna Watkins
Champion: 2010-11
Anna Rose Watkins MBE (1983) is Olympic Champion and bronze medalist,  has won 4 medals in the World Championships and has won the Wingfield Sculls twice, she is also the record holder in 20mins 55s .
She took her first strokes with Newnham College Boat Club, Cambridge, studying Natural Sciences.
In 2004 she made her international debut, winning a gold medal in the coxless four at the World U23 Regatta.
In 2005 came 5th place at the World Championships in the eight and won a bronze medal at the World U23 Rowing Championships.
In 2006 Watkins switched to sculling and began competing in the double scull, a boat class she has remained with since then.
For the next two years Watkins's partner was Elise Laverick. In this combination they won bronze medals at both the World Championships and at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008.
In 2009 Watkins won a silver medal at the World Championships. In 2010 she joined forces with Katherine Grainger and became world champions, which they repeated in 2011. Individually, Watkins became Champion of the Thames in the annual championships, the Wingfield Sculls and in 2011 she set a new record time.
At the 2012 London Olympics they became Olympic Champions.
Watkins was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 for services to rowing.
In August 2015, six months after the birth of her second child, Anna announced her intention to return to competition, and to target the Rio Olympics. Sadly there was just not enough time to gain back the 3 years of training she had missed. We wish Anna the best of luck in her career outside of rowing. 

2011-16

Adam Freeman Pask
Champion: 2011 & Record Holder
Adam Freeman Pask (1985) won the Wingfield Sculls in 2011 and broke Peter Haining's previous record which he said, "He would die before I see that broken" in 19mins 41s - Peter is still alive and well. 
Adam started rowing at Windsor Boys School he then moved on to a degree at Bath University, a Masters at Imperial College and is currently finishing a PhD at the University of Reading.
Adam started off internationally in the lightweight single, racing at the World University Championships and U23 World Championships in 2006. He moved up to the senior World Championships in 2008-9 and 2011.
After being the spare for the Olympic games in 2012 Adam moved into the lightweight coxless four where he won a silver at the European Championships and bronze at the World Championships. 
Always proactive, in 2015 Adam went to promote Rowing in India. 
Beth Rodford
Champion: 2012
Beth Rodford (1982) has competed in two Olympic games, 2008 & 2012. She also won the Wingfield Sculls in 2012.
Rodford was born in Burton-upon-Trent and started rowing in 1995. She began rowing when in secondary school, and was first selected to represent Britain in 1999 when she won bronze in the junior coxless four. She still holds the British indoor record over 2000 metres at J13, J14, J15, and J16. 
In 2004 she became U23 World Champion in the coxless four. Between 2005 and 2015 she has raced in the pair, quad and eight at the World Championships the highlight being World Champion in the quad in 2010.  In the 2008 Olympics she finished in fifth place in the Women's Eight. In 2012 Olympics she raced the quad and came fifth. 
In 2015 she retired from competative rowing after a long period of illness and injury. Beth is now enjoying the coaching side of the sport. 
Imogen Walsh
Champion: 2013
Imogen Walsh (1984) is former World Champion and current European Champion in Lightweight Women's Single Scull.
Walsh joined Inverness Rowing Club in 1995 as a cox, only taking up rowing herself in 2003 as a student at Glasgow University, studying Philosophy and Politics.
She won gold in the lightweight women's quad at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled. 
She raced the 2013 season with Twyman in the lightweight doubles, coming fourth at the 2013 World Rowing Championships. In October 2013, she won the Women's Wingfield Sculls race.
Imogen raced in the lightweight women's double scull with Olympic Champion Kat Copeland throughout the 2014 Season where they won bronze at the European Championships. 
She won gold in the lightweight single at the 2015 European Rowing Championships and silver at the World Championships.
With only two spots going for lightweight women at the Olympics, Imo just missed out on a spot in the double. In what must have been a tough year she powered onwards and upwards and once again was made world champion in the 2016 Lightweight women's quad. The crew included 2014 WS challenger Emily Craig. 
Imo is currently helping to develop rowing in the Maldives, coaching from a paddleboard in the tropical sun. 
Melanie Wilson
Champion: 2014
Melanie Wilson (1984) competed at the 2012 Olympics in the Women's quadruple sculls and 2016 in the Women's eight.
She spent her early years in Japan and Hong Kong before moving to the UK in 2002 to take an honours degree in Biochemistry and Genetics at the University of Nottingham. In 2007 she completed a Master’s degree in Biochemical Engineering at UCL, where she started rowing before enrolling in Imperial College London to sit for a post-graduate degree in medicine. After she was selected to join the GB Rowing team she suspended her medical studies in 2010 to focus on competing for a place in a GB boat in the London 2012 Olympics.
She first represented Great Britain in the eight at the world championships in 2009. In 2011 she raced in the quad and then went to the Olympics in 2012 where she came sixth "the biggest disappointment of my life".
In 2013 she raced in the eight and finished fourth at the World Championships.
Wilson withdrew from full-time competitive rowing in September 2013 to resume her medical studies.
In November 2014 she won the Wingfield Sculls. Mel learned to row on the tideway and has always been keen to be involved in ICBC, on putney embankment so this meant a great deal to her. 
She qualified as a doctor in 2015 but then joined the national squad to train for the Rio Olympics in 2016.
At the 2016 Olympics as part of the strongest Women's eight that GB has ever assembled Mel and her crew came from 6th at the 500m to a great Silver medal (GB's first Olympic medal in this boat class) to add to their European Championship win earlier in the year. 
 
Tim Richards
Champion: 2014-15 
Timothy Peter Richards (1992) won the Wingfield Sculls in 2014 & 2015. 
Inspired by his Grandfather who had been Cambridge University Boat Club President during WW2, Tim started to row at Abingdon School, where he was coached by Peter Haining (WSC 1994-6, 2000) at one point. From here he went to study Medicine at Imperial College London in 2010. 
He first represented Great Britain at the 2012 U23 World Championships in the lightweight quad. In 2013 he won the Prince Albert Challenge Cup at HRR with Imperial and later on he won a silver medal in the lightweight four at the U23 World Championships, which he did again in 2014 in Varese. 
In 2014 he won gold in the eight at the World University Rowing Championships and in November he won the Wingfield Sculls, which he retained in 2015. 
He is now back studying medicine and wants to complete his degree before potentially focussing on the Olympics in 2020.
The week after retaining his 2015 title Tim was cycling to Imperial College Boat Club when he came off his bike and broke his ankle.
Matilda Hodgkins-Byrne
Champion: 2015
Matilda Hodgkins-Byrn (1994) won the Wingfield Sculls in 2015.
Matilda started rowing at Hereford Rowing Club, she first represented Great Britain at the 2012 Coupe de la Jeunesse in the quad. She then moved to Gloucester and Hartbury Rowing Club and went to the 2014 U23 World Championships, finishing fifth in the quad.
In 2015 she went to Reading University and teamed up with Georgia Francis in the double for the U23 World Championships where they missed out on the medals coming fourth. In November she raced Georgia for the Wingfield Sculls in an epic head to head with Matilda coming out the winner. 
Having moved to Reading University boat club in 2015, Matilda won the Princess grace Challenge cup at HRR in 2016 and then went on to become World Under 23 Champion in the Double Scull with Jess Leyden in Rotterdam. An exciting start to the 2020 Olympiad.  

 
Jess Leyden
Champion: 2016
Jess Leyden (1995) won the Wingfield Sculls in 2016.
Jess grew up in Calderdale, West Yorkshire and started rowing at Hollingworth Lake in 2008. She first represented Great Britain at the 2011 GB vs France match in the single. She then burst onto the scene becoming GB's first ever Women's singles world champion at the 2013 Junior World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania.
In 2014 she moved down south and joined Leander club and finished 4th in the W1x at the World U23 Rowing Championships. In 2015 & much of 2016 she rowed in the GB W4x in an attempt to qualify for the Rio Olympics. Jess turned this disappointment around and ended the 2016 season with a win in the Princess Grace Challenge cup at HRR and then became World U23 Champion with Matilda HB (2015 WS Champion).  
Jess has started the new Olympiad in style becoming the 2016 Wingfield Sculling Champion, even with relatively little experience on the tideway. We look forward to updating this biography with many more of her achievements in the years to come. 
 
Jamie Kirkwood
Champion: 2016
Jamie Kirkwood (1989) won the Wingfield Sculls in 2016.
Jamie grew up in Cresswell, Northumberland and started rowing at Cambois Rowing club before joining Durham School in 2007. He then moved to London to start his Sports Science degree at Roehampton and rowed at Imperial College Boat Club, where his love of the Tideway and Rajah Rowing Club Curry grew. In 2009 he won the Scullers Head before going on to win the Visitors Challenge Cup in 2010 and then at his first GB apperance, became U23 world champion in the LM4-. 
In 2011 he retained the Visitors before moving to Leander in 2012 with hopes of gaining a place in the GB senior team and the Rio Olympics in 2016. In 2013 he came 8th in the LM1x in the World Championships. After winning 2014 final trials he moved up into the LM2x, where he came 7th. After a season hampered by injury Jamie came back to win 2015 final trials before a 6th place at the Worlds in Aigbellette, France. 
Jamie has had a tough 2016, missing out on the Rio Olympics. He finished 6th in the LM4x at the World Championships in Rotterdam before becoming Oxford University Women's Assistant Coach. Jamie has always a big supporter of the Wingfield Sculls and had it on his bucket list since arriving in London, we hope this is not the last we see of this talented Sculler.