Eric Walter Powell, 1866-1933 

Eric Walter Powell (6 May 1886 – 17 August 1933) was a house master and art teacher at Eton, and was himself a painter of watercolours. He was also a rower who competed for Great Britain in the 1908 Summer Olympics.

 

Powell was born at Hornsey, the son of Rev. Robert Walter Powell, and his wife Mary Caroline Hankey. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a member of the Pitt Club. He rowed for Cambridge in the Boat Race in 1906, 1907 and 1908. In the winning crew of 1906, he was No.7 and his elder brother Ronald was No. 6 in front of him. The 1908 Cambridge crew made up a boat in the eights which won the bronze medal for Great Britain rowing at the 1908 Summer Olympics. 

 

During World War I Powell served as Squadron Commander in the Royal Flying Corps and later the R.A.F.

 

He was also a mountaineer and unfortuneately met his death at Pontresina in an Alpine accident on Piz Roseg.

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