John Beresford on His Father, Jack Beresford

The Beresfords in a coxless four (with cox) at Henley in 1950 – cox John Beresford, stroke Eric (John’s uncle), 3 Jack (John’s father), 2 Eric (John’s cousin) and bow Julius “Berry” (John’s grandfather). A picture from John Beresford’s book about his father Jack, Jack Beresford: An Olympian at War.

1 June 2021

By Göran R Buckhorn

In April, John Beresford gave a zoom talk about his father Jack Beresford, who took five Olympic medals between 1920 and 1936 (he was planning to participate in the 1940 Olympic Games in Tokyo, too), for the so-called OB Club (Old Bedfordian) at Bedford School. John’s zoom talk is now available to watch and listen to on YouTube. 

On HTBS, we have frequently written about members of the rowing family the Beresfords. It has mostly been about five-time Olympian Jack Beresford, but also his father, Julius “Berry” Beresford, also he an Olympic oarsman. Tim Koch even wrote about John’s daughter Emma in March 2015, when Tim took her on an outing on the Thames (see here). John has also written about his father on HTBS. His most resent piece was published last August.

On 29 April, John gave a 70-minute talk via zoom about his famous father for the OB Club, Old Bedfordian, at Bedford School, where they both studied. The school is proud of Jack Beresford, “our very own Olympic legend,” as they call him.

Jack (left) and John Beresford

John’s interesting talk, which was based on his book Jack Beresford: An Olympian at War (2019), can now be viewed on YouTube and shows many interesting photographs and also parts of the 1992 BBC documentary about Jack, Tales of Gold. HTBS’s own Chris Dodd can be seen in the film.


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