Edward Vaughan Bevan was born in Chesterton, Cambridgeshire in 1907. He was one of four brothers, all of whom were educated at Bedford School. He and his brother Owen both played for the School 1st XV. Younger brother Owen went on to coach the 1st XV and to be the Vice Master of the School.
At Cambridge, Edward Bevan rowed three years for First Trinity Boat Club, winning the Ladies’ Plate at Henley Regatta, in 1927. In 1928, his crew won the Visitors’ Cup but lost the final of the Grand Challenge Cup to Thames Rowing Club, who were selected to represent Great Britain in the Amsterdam Olympic Games. In 1929, First Trinity won both the Ladies’ Plate and the Stewards’ Cup.
The 1928 First Trinity Four were selected as Great Britain’s coxswainless four in the Olympic regatta and returned home with gold medals. A length behind the United States at 1,000 metres, they fought back to win by half a length. Remarkably, Bevan and J.H. Lander, who stroked that four, both failed to gain places in the Cambridge University Boat Race crew.
Going from Cambridge to St Mary’s Hospital, Bevan then became United Hospital’s heavyweight boxing champion. Later, as a general practitioner in Cambridge, he became closely involved in university sport, and for many years was senior treasurer of the Unversity Boat Club.
Bevan was also President of the Cambridgeshire Rowing Association and of the Rob Roy Rowing Club, and was elected a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta in 1972.
Photo: Edward Bevan – top left