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Richard Beesly

Full name: Richard Beesly
Gender: Male
Born: July 27, 1907 in Barnt Green, Worcestershire, Great Britain
Died: March 28, 1965 in Ludlow, Shropshire, Great Britain
Affiliations: Leander Club, Henley-on-Thames (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


On going up to Trinity College, Cambridge from Oundle, Richard Beesly rowed at a number four for the winning crew in the Boat Races of 1927, 1928, and 1929, this latter success coming when he was president of the Cambridge University Boat Club. In the 1928 Olympic four, Beesly rowed at number two when, as in 1924, Britain’s crew were all from the same Cambridge college. Thus it was not only Great Britain but also Trinity College, Cambridge who successfully defended their Olympic coxless fours title in 1928. In 1932, Richard Beesly joined Guest Keen and Nettleford as a management trainee and enjoyed a successful business career which was only interrupted by the war when he served with the Ministry of Supply. In 1945 he acquired a controlling interest in a light engineering firm and pioneered the introduction of mobile forestry saws and mechanical hedge cutters. He also farmed, at Ashford Hall, Shropshire, and it was there that Richard Beesly met his death when attacked and instantly killed by a bull.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Rowing Men's Coxless Fours Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Men's Coxless Fours

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Rowing Great Britain GBR Final Round 6:36.0
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Rowing Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat Two 6:50.4
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Rowing Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Heat One 6:42.4
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Three 7:44.2
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