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Historic Cambridge University Boat Club Trial Eights "A" Crew medal featuring 4 Olympians and 8 Boat Race crew members. The crew Bow D Haig Thomas, 2 PM Symonds, 3 CJS Sergel, 4 G Gray, 5 DStJ Gogarty, 6 PN Carpmael, 7 NRN Rickett, Stk RBF Wylie and Cox JM Ranking. In original Munsey of Cambridge presentation box.
David Haig-Thomas (1 December 1908 – 6 June 1944) was a British ornithologist, explorer and rower who competed for Great Britain in the 1932 Summer Olympics. He was an army commando during the Second World War, and was killed in action during the Normandy Landings. Haig-Thomas Island in the Canadian Arctic is named after him.
Harold Robert Norman Rickett (20 July 1909 – 31 January 1969) was an English rower who competed at the 1932 Summer Olympics. Rickett was born in Paddington, London. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1930 he was a member of the winning Cambridge boat in the Boat Race and won Silver Goblets at Henley Royal Regatta partnering Walter Prideaux. He was in the winning Cambridge boat in the Boat Race again in 1931 and in 1932 when he was president. The 1932 crew won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley, rowing as Leander Club. They were subsequently chosen to represent Great Britain at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where they came fourth in the eights. During World War II, Rickett became a lieutenant-colonel in the Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey). He was awarded the Territorial Decoration and the CBE. Rickett maintained a strong interest in the sport and umpired the Boat Race in 1946. He became chairman of Henley Royal Regatta, and president of Leander Club. With Dickie Burnell, Rickett authored A Short History of Leander Club 1818–1968.
Philip Nevil "Farn" Carpmael (1908–1988) was an English rower who 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, one of whom also won the Wingfield Sculls.
Charles John Scott Sergel (12 May 1911 - 21 May 1980) was a surgeon, missionary doctor and a rower who competed at the 1932 Summer Olympics. Sergel was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the son of missionaries. He attended Monkton Combe School and Clare College, Cambridge. In 1931 and 1932 he was a member of the winning Cambridge boats in the Boat Race. The 1932 crew won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta rowing as Leander Club, and was subsequently chosen to represent Great Britain at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where they came fourth. He again represented the winning Cambridge crew in the Boat Race in 1933 when he was president. In 1937 Sergel qualified as a doctor at St Mary's Hospital and after working for a year in hospitals he went to Uganda in 1938 as a missionary. In the following year, after the outbreak of World War II he joined the medical corps in East Africa and served throughout the war becoming a major. After the war Sergel returned as a surgeon to Mengo Hospital in Kampala and as a Christian missionary doctor in the villages. He left Africa in 1952 and returned to England where he became a FRCS and went into general practice at Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire. He coached the crews at Clare College and took up sailing.
John Maurice Ranking (3 July 1910 – 9 November 1959) was an English rower who competed at the 1932 Summer Olympics. Ranking was born at Holborn, London, the son of Dr. R. M. Ranking. He was educated at Cheltenham College where he was cox of the Cheltenham boat and at Pembroke College, Cambridge. In 1931 he was cox of the winning Cambridge boat in the Boat Race. He coxed the winning Cambridge boat in the Boat Race again in 1932. The 1932 crew won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley, rowing as Leander Club. They were subsequently chosen to represent Great Britain at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where they came fourth in the eights. Ranking took his B.A. in the Natural Sciences Tripos in 1932 and completed his medical training at St Thomas's Hospital. He qualified by taking the London Conjoint diploma in 1936 and in the following year he obtained the degrees of M.B. and B.Chir. In 1938 was admitted a MRCP. After qualifying, he held a number of house appointments at St. Thomas's Hospital, and was also house-physician at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. During the Second World War Ranking served in the R.A.M.C., with the rank of temporary major. In 1948 Ranking became a consultant in general medicine at the Kent and Sussex Hospital, Tunbridge Wells and retained the post until his death. His expertise and skill was often publicly acknowledged. He maintained his interest in rowing and was a member of the Leander Club till his death.
PM Symonds 1931 Boat Race
D St J Gogarty coach Dublin University Boat Club from 1933
RBF Wylie 1933 Boat Race
G Gray 1931 Boat Race
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