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Robert Falcon Scott - Terra Nova
British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13
The Discovery Expedition

Shore party

Atkinson, Edward L. , R.N. - surgeon, parasitologist
Bowers, Henry Robertson - Lieutenant
Campbell, Victor - Lieutenant, R.N.
Evans, Edward R.G.R. - Lieutenant, R.N. "Teddy Evans"
Levick, G. Murray - Surgeon, R.N.
Oates, Lawrence , Capt. 6th Iniskilling Dragoons
Scott, Robert Falcon Commander, R.N. - Expedition leader

Scientific Staff

Day, Bernard C. - Motor engineer
Debenham, Frank - Geologist
Cherry-Garrard, Apsley  - Assistant zoologist
Gran, Tryggve - ski expert
Meares, Cecil H. - in charge of dogs
Nelson, Edward W. - Biologist
Ponting, Herbert G. - Camera artist
Priestley, Raymond E. - Geologist
Simpson, George - Meteorologist
Taylor, T. Griffith - Geologist
Wilson, Edward Adrian - chief of scientific staff and biologist
Wright, Charles Seymour - Physicist

Crew

Abbot, George - petty officer, R.N.
Archer, W.W. - Chief steward, late R.N.
Brewster, A. - Able seaman
Browning, Frank V. - petty officer, 2nd class, R.N.
Clissold, Thomas - cook, late R.N.
Crean, Tom , petty officer, R.N.
Dickason, Harry - Able seaman, R.N.
Evans, Edgar - petty officer, R.N.
Forde, Robert - petty officer, R.N.
Geroff, Dimitri - Dog driver
Hooper, F.J. - Steward, late R.N.
Keohane, Patrick - petty officer, R.N.
Lashley, William - chief stoker, R.N.
Omelchenko
, Anton - Groom
Williamson, Thomas, S. - petty officer, R.N.

Ship's Party

Bailey, Arthur S. - Petty officer, 2nd class, R.N.
Balson, Albert - Leading seaman, R.N.
Brissenden, Robert - Leading stoker, R.N.
Bruce, Wilfred M. - Commander, R.N.R.
Burton, William - Leading stoker, R.N.
Cheetham, Alfred B. - Boatswain (Bosun), R.N.R.
Davies, Francis E.C. - Leading shipwright, R.N.
Dennistoun, James R. - In charge of mules in the ship.
Drake, Francis R.H. - Asst. Paymaster, R.N. (retired), secretary and meteorologist in the ship.
Heald, William L. - R.N., Late P.O.
Horton, William A. - Engine room artificer, R.N. 2nd Engineer
Knowles, William - Able seaman
Lammas, Charles - Fireman
Leese, Joseph - Able seaman, R.N.
Lillie, Dennis G. - Biologist in the ship
Mather, John Hugh - Petty officer, R.N.V.R.
McCarthy, Mortimer - Able seaman
McDonald, Angus - Fireman
McDonald, William - Able seaman
McGillon, Thomas - Fireman
McKenzie, Edward A. - Leading stoker, R.N.
McLeod, Thomas F. - Able seaman
Neale, W.H. - Steward
Oliphant, Robert - Able seaman
Parsons, Frederick - Petty officer, R.N.
Paton, James - Able seaman
Pennell, Harry L.L. - Commander, R.N.
Rennick, Henry E. de P. - Lieutenant, R.N.
Skelton, James - Able seaman
Stone, Bernard J. - Leading stoker, R.N.
Williams, Charles - Able seaman
Williams, William - Chief engine room artificer, R.N. Engineer


In more detail

bullet denotes other Arctic or Antarctic expeditionary experience, prior to, or following this expedition

Shore party

Atkinson, Edward L. R.N. - surgeon, parasitology

Bowers, Henry Robertson "Birdie" - Lieutenant

"The hardest traveller that ever undertook a Polar journey as well as one of the most undaunted." - Scott

One of the polar party who died on the way back from the South Pole.

Campbell, Victor - Lieutenant, R.N.
Evans, Edward R.G.R. - Lieutenant, R.N. "Teddy Evans"

Feature Name: Cape Evans
Type: cape
Latitude: 77°38S
Longitude: 166°24E
Description: Rocky cape on the W side of Ross Island, forming the N side of the entrance to Erebus Bay. Discovered by the BrNAE (1901-04) under Scott, who named it the Skuary. Scott's second expedition, the BrAE (1910-13), built its headquarters here, renaming the cape for Lt. Edward R.G.R. Evans, RN, second in command of the expedition.

Lillie and Levick Sorting a Trawl Catch on Board 'Terra Nova'
Levick, G. Murray - Surgeon, R.N.

Oates, Lawrence , Capt. 6th Iniskilling Dragoons

Lawrence Oates walked into the history books when on March 17th 1912 on the return journey from the South Pole, after going to sleep hoping not to wake, he did awake to once again find a blizzard blowing. His last words were:

"I am just going outside and may be some time."

Robert Falcon Scott Commander, R.N. - Expedition leader
expedition leader Discovery 1901-04

Scott's party was the second expedition to reach the South Pole 1912, all five members perished on the return journey.

Scientific Staff

Day, Bernard C. - Motor engineer

electrician / motor mechanic Nimrod 1907-09

Born in 1884 in Wymondham, Leicestershire and educated at Wellingborough Grammar School. Day was involved in engineering from 1903, he left the employ of the New Arrol Johnston Motor-Car Company to join the expedition. The Nimrod expedition was the first to ever take a motor car to Antarctica, a 4 cylinder, 15 horsepower air cooled car came from the Arrol-Johnston company after the intervention of William Beardmore a major sponsor of the expedition (and Shackleton's employer before it started) he had recently taken over  to save them from bankruptcy.

Article written by Day in 1913 regarding the performance of the motor sledges on the Terra Nova expedition

Debenham, Frank - Geologist
Cherry-Garrard, Apsley  - Assistant zoologist

The second youngest member of the expedition at 24. Cherry-Garrard was rejected initially by Scott, he then made another application with the promise of a 1,000 payment towards costs, though again was rejected. He decided to donate the money anyway, so Scott with persuasion from Wilson took him on as assistant biologist despite his lack of a scientific background.

Most famous for his widely acclaimed book about the expedition The Worst Journey in the World published in 1922, the book is considered to be a classic of travel writing and by many to be the best travel book ever written. Cherry-Garrard suffered from mental and physical health issues for the rest of his life that arose at least partially from his experiences in Antarctica.

Gran, Tryggve - ski expert

Meares, Cecil H. - in charge of dogs
Nelson, Edward W. - Biologist
Ponting, Herbert G. - Camera artist
Priestley, Raymond E. - Geologist
Simpson, George - Meteorologist
Taylor, T. Griffith - Geologist
Wilson, Edward Adrian - chief of scientific staff and biologist

Assistant surgeon Discovery 1901-04

"Words must always fail me when I talk of Bill Wilson. I believe he really is the finest character I ever met." - Scott

One of the polar party who died on the way back from the South Pole.

Wright, Charles Seymour - Physicist

Crew

Abbot, George - petty officer, R.N.

Archer, W.W. - Chief steward, late R.N.

Browning, Frank V. - petty officer, 2nd class, R.N.

Clissold, Thomas - cook, late R.N.

Crean, Tom , petty officer, R.N.

Able seaman Discovery 1901-04
Ssecond officer Endurance 1914-17
Dickason, Harry - Able seaman, R.N.
Edgar Evans - petty officer, R.N.

Petty officer Discovery 1901-04
Forde, Robert - petty officer, R.N.
Geroff, Dimitri - Dog driver
Hooper, F.J. - Steward, late R.N.
Keohane, Patrick - petty officer, R.N.
Lashley, William - chief stoker, R.N.
Omelchenko, Anton - Groom
Williamson, Thomas, Soulsbury - petty officer, R.N.

able seaman Discovery 1901-04

One of the search party that found the bodies of Bowers, Scott and Wilson in their tent having died on the return journey from the South Pole.

Born 1877 Sunderland - died January 1940.

Ship's Party

Bailey, Arthur S. - Petty officer, 2nd class, R.N.
Albert Balson - Leading seaman, R.N.

Albert Balson was born in his grandfather's home during the first quarter of 1885 in Allington near Bridport, Dorset, his later home was in Bothenhampton, Bridport, Dorset. In the 1901 census he is seen to be a RN 2nd. class boy at HMS Boscowen, Portland near Weymouth, Dorset. Albert Balson's father was a baker born during 1838 in Allington near Bridport, Dorset. His Grandfather was a master baker baptized 12-10-1810 in Allington near Bridport, Dorset. His great grandfather was a blacksmith/wheelwright baptized 18-04-1784 in Allington near Bridport, Dorset.

Information thanks to Charles Balson - 2005: "Leading seaman Albert Balson was the half brother of my grandfather, Charles Stephen Balson"

Brissenden, Robert - Leading stoker, R.N.

Drowned at French Pass (South Island, New Zealand) in 1912, the grave is on the hill above the wharf at Elmsie Bay.
Bruce, Wilfred M. - Commander, R.N.R.
Burton, William (Bill) - Leading stoker, R.N.

Died in 1988, seven weeks short of his 100th birthday.
Cheetham, Alfred B. - Boatswain (Bosun), R.N.R.
Davies, Francis E.C. - Leading shipwright, R.N.
Dennistoun, James R. - In charge of mules in the ship.
Drake, Francis R.H. - Asst. Paymaster, R.N. (retired), secretary and meteorologist in the ship.
Heald, William L. - R.N. Late P.O.
Horton, William A. - Engine room artificer, R.N. 2nd Engineer
Knowles, William - Able seaman
Lammas, Charles - Fireman
Leese, Joseph - Able seaman, R.N.
Lillie, Dennis G. - Biologist in the ship

Lillie and Levick Sorting a Trawl Catch on Board 'Terra Nova'
Mather, John Hugh - Petty officer, R.N.V.R.
McCarthy, Mortimer - Able seaman
McDonald, Angus - Fireman

Lived in Invercargill, New Zealand.

McDonald, William - Able seaman
McGillon, Thomas - Fireman
McKenzie, Edward A. - Leading stoker, R.N.
McLeod, Thomas F. - Able seaman
Neale, W.H. - Steward
Oliphant, Robert - Able seaman
Parsons, Frederick - Petty officer, R.N.
Paton, James - Able seaman
Pennell, Harry L.L. - Commander, R.N.
Rennick, Henry E. de P. - Lieutenant, R.N.
Skelton, James - Able seaman
Stone, Bernard J. - Leading stoker, R.N.
Williams, Charles - Able seaman
Williams, William - Chief engine room artificer, R.N. Engineer

Biographical information - This is a difficult area to research, I am concentrating on the Polar experiences of the men involved. Any further information or pictures visitors may have is gratefully received. Please email  - Paul Ward, webmaster.
What are the chances that my ancestor was an unsung part of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration?
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