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Chris Davidge

Christopher Guy Vere Davidge OBE DL (5 November 1929 – 22 December 2014) was a British rower who competed in the Summer Olympics three times in 1952, 1956 and 1960 and won the Silver Goblets at Henley Royal Regatta three times.

Chris Davidge OBE DL
Personal information
Birth name Christopher Guy Vere Davidge
Born 5 November 1929
Died 22 December 2014(2014-12-22) (aged 85)
Little Houghton, Northamptonshire
Education Eton College
Alma mater Trinity College, Oxford
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Sport Rowing

Davidge was born in Northampton, son of Cecil Vere Davidge, and his wife Ursula Catherine Smyth. He was educated at Eton College and Oxford University at Trinity College and rowed in the Oxford boat in the 1949 Boat Race. He returned to stroke Oxford in the 1951 Boat Race, when the Oxford boat sank, and the race was rerun on the following Monday.[1] He was in the winning Oxford crew in the 1952 race and umpired the 1971 and 1975 races.[2] Also he was High Sheriff of Northamptonshire in 1988, following his father Cecil Vere Davidge who was High Sheriff of Northamptonshire in 1950.

In 1952 Davidge competed for Great Britain, rowing at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He was in the coxless pair with David Callender and came fourth.[3] In 1955 Davidge was runner-up partnering J A Gobbo in the Silver Goblets at Henley Royal Regatta to the Russians Buldakov and Ivanov.[4] In 1956 he competed for Great Britain rowing at the 1956 Summer Olympics where he was a member of the unplaced eight.[3] He won the Silver Goblets at Henley in 1957 and 1958, partnering Tony Leadley. In 1959 he switched to the double sculls and won the Double Sculls Challenge Cup at Henley partnering Stuart MacKenzie and beating George Justicz and Nicholas Birkmyre. Davidge competed for Great Britain again rowing at the 1960 Summer Olympics. He was in the coxless four with Michael Beresford, Colin Porter, and John Vigurs, coming fifth.[3] Davidge won a gold medal at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in the coxless four with Michael Clay, John Beveridge and John Tilbury. In 1963 Davidge won Silver Goblets again, this time partnering Stuart MacKenzie. Davidge was awarded an OBE "for services to Rowing". He died on 22 December 2014, aged 85.[5]

See alsoEdit



  • Burnell, Richard (1979). One Hundred and Fifty Years of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. Precision Press. ISBN 0950063878.


  1. ^ Xchanging - he Boat Race 1951 report Archived 26 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Burnell, p. 49
  3. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Chris Davidge". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  4. ^ Henley Royal Regatta Results of Final Races 1946–2003 Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Sad news of the death of Christopher Davidge". British Rowing. 23 December 2014. Archived from the original on 25 December 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Edmund Crispin Stephen James George Brudenell
High Sheriff of Northamptonshire
Succeeded by
Peter Douglas Smith