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New Zealand rowing eight, London

New Zealand rowing eight, London

The New Zealand Division rowing eight at Codford Military Camp, Putney, London, pose for the camera with their oars. Sports held in late 1918 and 1919 were largely aimed at keeping soldiers occupied while they waited to be sent home. The New Zealand rowers competed successfully at a number of inter-allied competitions in 1919. The rower on the far right of the front row (kneeling) is Darcy Hadfield. Hadfield was in the winning New Zealand eight at the inter-allied regatta on the Seine in France in April 1919. He won the single sculls at the Henley Peace Regatta in July 1919, and the single sculls at the Inter-allied Games in Paris in July 1919. He went on to win a bronze medal in the single sculls at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association Collection
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Photograph by Thomas Frederick Scales

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Ian McGibbon, 'Military and sport - South African and First World wars', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 5 Sep 2013