WWI Kings College Cambridge Rowing Club Photograph


A poignant photograph showing a King’s College Cambridge rowing club in October 1913, less than a year before the outbreak of the First World War. All 38 in the photograph would volunteer for War; nine would lose their lives.

Each of the 38 are worthy of mention, but as we are limited by space we have included details of some of the more notable:

2nd Lieutenant L.E. Rowntree of the Royal Field Artillery, killed in action in 1917; Captain Patrick Lyon Playfair of the Black Watch (Territorial Force), joined 1914, died on the 11th April 1918; Lieutenant Christopher William Rickeard of the London Regiment, joined 1914. Killed in action at the Battle of Loos, 1915 (Aged 21); Corporal H.U. Scrutton of the Royal Engineers Signals, joined 1914, died in action; 2nd Lieutenant T.F. O’Callaghan of the Leicestershire Regiment. Died at the Battle of Loos, 13th October 1915. Lieutenant R.A.W. Williams of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, died at the Second Battle of Ypres in 1915.

Henry Clifford Stroud was deployed in France in 1915. The following month he was wounded in both legs and later that year he found himself back at Armstrong College, which was now the First Northern General Hospital. Stroud later joined the Royal Flying Corps and was killed in action on the 7th March 1918.

Captain Francis Harry Vaughan Bevan, originally with the 8th South Wales Borderers, he later joined the Royal Flying Corps. He died in April 1917, during the Second Battle of Gaza, where he was supporting the forces of Lawrence of Arabia.

Lieutenant Colonel C.W. Clout, originally of the London Regiment, later joining the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment. He received an MBE. A watercolour portrait of him resides in the Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery.

Corporal Arto Funduklian of the 22nd Infantry, joined in 1914. Of Armenian extraction, he collected art in later life and bequeathed a large part of his collection to the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery when he died. He is easily researchable online, with a plethora of material relating to the life of him and his family.

Flight Commander Hans Ackworth Busk of the Royal Naval Air Service, joined 1914. Aged 21, he died at Gallipoli on 6 January 1916 when his aeroplane came down in the sea. He has no known grave, but is commemorated by the Hellas Memorial. He was the youngest brother of Edward Teshmaker Busk, an early pioneer of flight stability, who died in 1914. Their memoirs were published by their mother Mary Ackworth Busk in 1925.

Feel free to enquire for further information; much of our research cannot be included in the listing for the lack of space.

Size: 47 x 41 x 2cm
Weight: 1767g