No 33

On the following Friday the Eton eleven came down. They played hard for more than [an] hour without any success on either side, till a length just as they were going to finish, one of the Eton men (Lyttleton) was thrown heavily. He fell with his arm twisted under him and was helped up with a broken arm. A doctor was luckily on the ground, who bandaged it up temporarily then advised his immediate removal to the hospital. It seems, that the poor fellow has broken the small bone of the arm, which, though not as bad as the main one, is sufficient to keep his arm in a sling for some time to come. I can only add that the game was immediately stopped; that we (the Westminsters) were unutterably grieved at this accident, it is unnecessary to say. The pain must have been awful, but he bore it like a trump, and was not heard to utter a single complaint. I must not close this article without saying how pluckily and well our eleven played. There was not one under the mark. Everyone did his best, and I think the Etonians did the same. I don’t think an accident of the kind has ever occurred before at Westminster. At any rate not within the memory of any of the Old Westminsters who were looking on at the time. However it can’t be helped, accidents will happen, and I am sure that in this case, if it was nothing more than a pure accident, it was a bona fide ‘Spill’ shoulder to shoulder. No tripping up, or pushing. I hope Eton will come down next year. When we will show them again that we don’t mean them to consider themselves invincible. This match was a great improvement on last year’s, and those next year’s will improve on this, and that we shall lick Eton at football, and on the water.

E.R. Dowdeswell

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No 564

The Westminster and Eton Race is again a reality. It was rowed this evening Aug 3rd from Putney Bridge to the end of Chiswick Eyot and although Westminster did all that Westminster could do one was obliged to succumb to the superior weight of the […]. The Etonians had a splendid crew much older and heavier than Westminster (this averaged 8 1/8lbs heavier). They rowed in splendid style. We were beat by 50 seconds. Westminster taking the lead about a quarter of a length at first when Eton went ahead and Westminster rowed a hard and plucky stern race the rest of the way. We had not been in out racing boats long enough, while Eton had always been accustomed to row in the boat they raced in. It would be better if the first eight for the future always rowed in an outrigger as the race is to be continued. We must hope for better luck next time, therefore we pride ourselves on the fact that the Westminster stroke was acknowledged the best oar in the […] by both Westminsters and Etonians and rowed most pluckily all through the race. The Etonians would not dine after the race as the Head Masters of Eton and Westminster wished to limit the number of guests invited to the dinner, which the Eton crew “voted out”. So we had dinner by ourselves at Putney.

J. C. Hawkshaw

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No 561

At last we have got the Eton race. I went to Scott today and he said he would let us row under certain conditions which he afterwards told me this that he and Goodford (Head Master of Eton) should each choose an umpire and that the Umpires should choose to referee. Also that there should be certain restrictions as to the length of course, moreover that their eight should undergo a medical examination. I went to Eton informing them of what had taken place. And we now wait until the umpires are chosen when I hope all will be satisfactorily decided.

J. C. Hawkshaw

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No 559

At the beginning of this half (after hours) I received a note from Eton asking us to row them. Chapman and I went to Scott for permission and were refused on the grounds that Williamson and Liddell both has said that it disorganised the school. We waited some time and today (Fri 29th) Salwey and I went again and after arguing the matter for nearly an hour met most of his arguments and he is now considering the matter. There is every hope we shall get the race soon.

J. C. Hawkshaw

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No 372

This year we made one more attempt to schedule the race with Eton without success. We sent a letter challenging them to row us in the beginning of May, which they very courteously refused, as they could not get their eight together in so short a time the match (& all hopes of it) were given up.

W.C. Macready
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No 328

The Etonians being anxious to regain their lost laurels of last year sent us a friendly chalenge to row them again this year which we readily accepted, and having obtained Williamson’s leave which he kindly gave us very readily we commenced training under our old friend Noulton and after several attempts ineffectual to fix the day it was at length fixed for the _
We rowed in the same boat as last year & over the same course which the Etonians at first objected to, but as we yielded the day they did the course. We again won the toss and took the Putney side as we raced from that place to Barkers rails. The Echo was engaged to accompany us with our friends but came very short of that as they only saw us to Hammersmith Bridge our crew consisted this year of
Barker QS
Parratt BB
Williams QS
Smart QS
West TB
Robertson QS
Upperton QS
Rich (stroke) QS
Barton (cox) QS
We started very evenly they had the start however if any difference was between us we however drew ahead & at Hammersmith Bridge were clean ahead & rather gained till we eventually won by several boats lengths. This victory was the more pleasing for us as it made the matches between us even, both having won four there were at that time more than 700 in Eton and about 80 in Westminster making the victory state doubly great. For further particulars see Water Ledger

C.F.L West