A Richer Dust Concealed

Olympic Gold Medalist and rowing journalist Martin Cross has put this picture on Twitter, reminding us of a poignant anniversary on a special day. Picture: Martin Cross.
Olympic Gold Medalist and rowing journalist Martin Cross has put this picture on Twitter, reminding us of a poignant anniversary on a special day. Picture: Martin Cross.

14 November 2016

Tim Koch writes:

In Britain, Remembrance Sunday ‘commemorates the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts’. This year it fell on 13 November, which was also the centenary of the death on the Somme of one of HTBS’s heroes, Fredrick Septimus Kelly, a rower and sculler who won eight Henley medals between 1897 and 1906, an Olympic Gold in the eight in 1908 and who was also a gifted musical composer and a gallant and decorated soldier.

A portrait of Kelly, made a year before his death.
A portrait of Kelly, made a year before his death.

In 2009, HTBS posted a two-part biography. Part I is here and Part II is here. Later, we linked to a YouTube video containing Kelly’s Elegy for String Orchestra, written at Gallipoli in memory of his friend and fellow soldier, the poet Rupert Brooke.

F. S. Kelly, remembered on the war memorial of Marlow Rowing Club.
F. S. Kelly, remembered on the war memorial of Marlow Rowing Club.

An hour-long programme made by BBC Radio about Kelly’s life is available for free download.

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