Hebblethwaite and the Oriel College Boat Club Song
Finally, the mystery of this Hebblethwaite's name can be revealed following an e-mail from his wife Marion Hebblethwaite.
Roger Percival Bristowe Hebblethwaite is the man in the song. He went up to Oriel as a mature student in 1971 and with his crew of 1972 took Oriel to Head of the River for the first time since 1930, and there they have remained for much of the next 32 years.
Roger and Marion first met in 1962 and were married on 10th May 2004. He had had cancer for many years and died sadly but happily at home 30th May, his daughter and wife with him to the end. He is buried in Northleigh churchyard.
Roger had contributed information to this site on Hebblethwaite War Graves (see link below) and was also founder of the George Cross Database: http://www.gc-database.co.uk
The full text of Orielenses Bibite is shown below:
.(Modified Version Circa 1972)
first in a decade to qualify four;
professionalism" the newspaper said
are the nine who captured the Head?
God was there on board,
at two is the quiet type:
at Three and Crawley at Four
person always afloat is Cliff Thring,
on the power was Hebblethwaite,
a regular doozy,
it seems, had to give up the girls,
This originally appeared on the Song Pages of
Oriel College Boat Club site. However the link is no longer