Richard Humphry Thomas WardBMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3335 (Published 15 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3335
- Tim Coltart
Richard Humphry Thomas Ward (or “Humph,” as he was better known) was born in Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, the son of a consultant radiotherapist at Mount Vernon Hospital. After primary school he went to Shrewsbury School, where he excelled at rowing. He had the rare distinction of rowing in the first boat for three consecutive years and in 1955 was a member of the crew that won the Princess Elizabeth cup at Henley. The following year Humph went up to St John's College, Cambridge, to read natural sciences. He rowed for his college in the Lady Margaret first boat for all three years he was there, during which time he was awarded a university trial cap, being unlucky …
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