Sir William's uncle, A.C.Gladstone, rowed four times for Oxford between 1906 and 1909.He was in the House crew that went Head of the River in Summer Eights in 1907 and with Sir William's father, C.A.Gladstone, he was in the crew which retained the Headship in 1908 and went on to win the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley that year-the College's only victory in this event to date. A.C.with another House man, H.R.Barker, also won the Silver Goblets at Henley that year. He rowed in the winning British eight at the 1908 Olympic Regatta and won the University Pairs three times (in 1908 with his brother C.A.) and the University Silver Sculls once.
Sir William's brother, Peter, rowed for Oxford in 1950 and 1952, winning in the latter year and was President pf the College Boat Club in 1952. Another brother, J.F., who was President in 1962-63, stroked the House to the Headship of the River in 1962. This crew was coached by the brothers' father, C.A. Appropriately, the four purchased by Sir William is to be named "A.C. and C.A.Gladstone".
Christopher Sprague (1962)
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