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Charles Rought
Born 16 October 1884
Died 1918

Charles Gardner Rought (16 October 1884 – 31 January 1919) was a British rower who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics.

Life[]

Rought was born in Surbiton. He became a member of Thames Rowing Club and in 1909 and 1911 was a member of the crew that won the Stewards' Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. Also in the 1911 regatta, Rought and Bruce Logan dead heated in a heat of Silver Goblets against the eventual winners Julius Beresford and Arthur Cloutte to set a course record which lasted until 1934.[1] A year later in 1912 Rought and Logan won Silver Goblets.[2] Rought was a member of the Thames Rowing Club coxed four which won the silver medal for Great Britain rowing at the 1912 Summer Olympics.[3]

Rought saw service in the First World War[4] in the Royal West Surrey Regiment[5] but spent much of the conflict as a Prisoner of War.[6] Rought died in the Lambeth district aged 34.[7] The cause of death was a bad oyster. Since Rought was awaiting demobilisation at the time, he technically died on active service.[8]

Achievements[]

Olympic Games[]

  • 1912 - Silver, Coxed Four

Henley Royal Regatta[]

  • 1909 - Stewards' Challenge Cup
  • 1911 - Stewards' Challenge Cup
  • 1912 - Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup (with Bruce Logan)
  • 1919 Victory Regatta - Fawley Cup

References[]

  1. Henley Royal Regatta When they prayed for rain 29 June 2009 Archived 17 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. Henley Royal Regatta Results of Final Races 1839–1939 Archived 9 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. Sports Reference Olympic Sports - Charles Rought
  4. New York Times Oarsmen in the War 24 January 1915
  5. Supplement to the London Gazette, 4 November 1918
  6. Page, Geoffrey (1991). Hear The Boat Sing. Kingswood Press. ISBN 0-413-65410-9. 
  7. Office for National Statistics - Death indices 1919 (non-official sources give his death as January 1918)
  8. Page, Geoffrey (1991). Hear The Boat Sing. Kingswood Press. ISBN 0-413-65410-9. 

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