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Ernest Shackleton, Nimrod
British Antarctic Expedition 1907- 1909

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The Nimrod Expedition

Expeditioners Alphabetically

Adams, Jameson Boyd - second in command and meteorologist
Armitage, Bertram
Brocklehurst, Sir Philip Lee - assistant geologist
Cheetham, Alfred - Third officer and boatswain
David, Edgeworth - Director of scientific staff, geologist
Davis, John K. - first officer
Day, Bernard - electrician / motor mechanic
Dunlop, Henry J. L. - chief engineer
England, Lieutenant Rupert - R.H.R., ships Master
Joyce, Ernest - general storeman, dogs, sledges, zoological collections
Mackay, Dr. Alistair Forbes - assistant surgeon
Mackintosh, Aeneas Lionel Acton - second officer
Marshall, Dr. Eric Stewart - surgeon, cartographer
Marston, George Edward - artist
Mawson, Douglas - physicist
Michell, Dr. William Arthur Rupert - surgeon
Murray, James - biologist
Priestley, Raymond E. - geologist
Roberts, William C. - cook
Shackleton, Ernest - Expedition leader
Wild, Frank - in charge of provisions

In more detail

other Arctic or Antarctic expeditionary experience, prior to, or following this expedition
number in brackets is age at the start of this expedition - not always completely accurate.

Ernest Shackleton (33) - expedition leader

Third lieutenant in charge of holds, stores, provisions and deep sea water analysis
Discovery expedition 1901-04
expedition leader Endurance 1914-17
expedition leader Quest 1920-21

Jameson Boyd Adams (27) - second in command and meteorologist

Born in 1880 at Rippinggale Lincolnshire. First went to sea in the merchant service in 1893 serving three years as a lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve, before joining the expedition in 1907. Appointed second in command in February 1908.
Unmarried at the time of the expedition.

Bertram Armitage (38)

Born in 1869 in Australia, educated at Melbourne Grammar School and Jesus College Cambridge. After a military career which involved several years in the Victorian Militia, Carabiniers, 6th Division Guards and active service in South Africa, he joined the expedition in Australia.
Married at the time of the expedition.

Sir Philip Lee Brocklehurst (20) - assistant geologist

Born in 1887 at Swythamley park, Staffordshire, educated at Eton and Trinity Hall Cambridge. Held a commission at the time of the expedition in the Derbyshire Yeomanry, represented Cambridge University in light weight boxing competitions in 1905 and 1906.
Unmarried at the time of the expedition.

Edgeworth David (50) - Director of scientific staff, geologist

Born in Wales, David was Professor of Geology at Sydney University. He was educated at New College Oxford, afterwards studying geology at the Royal College of Science. He went to Australia to take up a post as Geological Surveyor to the government of New South Wales,  a position he had held for eighteen years before joining the expedition.
Married at the time of the expedition.

John K. Davis - first officer

Master of the S.Y. Aurora & Second in Command Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-13

Bernard Day (23) - electrician / motor mechanic

motor engineer Terra Nova 1910 - 13

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.

Henry J. L. Dunlop (31) - chief engineer

Born on 15th October 1876 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The third child of eight. His Father was Chief Cashier of Harland & Wolff, shipbuilders of Belfast.

Appointed Chief Engineer of the Nimrod in 1907 aged thirty one. I gathered from my Mother that Shackleton was a friend and Henry lent him a sum of money which was never repaid. I have a copy of a letter to Henry on this matter. On arrival at Cape Royds, Henry supervised the laying of the hut's foundations and also helped to build it.

Henry sailed back to New Zealand on board Nimrod then a year later returned to Antarctica to collect the shore party.

Three years after he returned from the Expedition he was made General Manager of the African Oil & Cake Mills Company in Liverpool. In 1914 he married Ethel Jane Ward (maybe we're related?) and in 1918 my Mother Patricia was born. Henry died aged fifty four on 5th March 1931 when my Mother was only thirteen. Sadly I never knew him.

I am hoping to go to see the places he visited in Antarctica but it is a costly trip. Shackleton paid him the compliment of naming an island in McMurdo Sound after him. It is a mile long and situated just off the Wilson Piedmont Glacier. Cape Dunlop takes its name from Dunlop Island.

Information courtesy of Jayne Cant - Henry Dunlop's granddaughter.

Lieutenant Rupert England - R.H.R., ships Master

Ernest Joyce (32) - general storeman, dogs, sledges, zoological collections

Discovery expedition 1901-04

Born in 1875, educated at the Greenwich Royal Hospital School from where he entered the Navy in 1891 and rose to the position of Petty Officer 1st class. He had served in South Africa with the Naval Brigade from where he joined Scott's Discovery expedition in 1901 from Cape Town. He left the Navy in December 1905 to rejoin again in August 1906 before leaving again by purchase order to join the Nimrod expedition in May 1907.
Unmarried at the time of the expedition.

Dr. Alistair Forbes Mackay (29) - assistant surgeon

Born in 1878, son of Colonel A. Forbes Mackay of the 92nd Gordon Highlanders.  Educated in Edinburgh and then proceeded to Dundee for zoological work under Professors Geddes and D'Arcy Thompson. Served as a trooper in South Africa, then with Baden Powell's police before returning to pass final examinations in medicine to return to the front again as a civil surgeon. He entered the Royal Navy as a surgeon, retiring four years later and then joined the expedition.
Unmarried at the time of the expedition.

Aeneas Lionel Acton Mackintosh (26) - second officer

Born in Tirhoot, Bengal, India in 1881 and educated at the Bedford Modern School in England. He went to sea in 1894 in the merchant navy joining the Peninsula and Oriental Steam Navigation Company in 1899. He was lent from this company to the Nimrod expedition in 1907 and received a commission in the Royal Naval Reserve in July 1908.
Unmarried at the time of the expedition.

Dr. Eric Stewart Marshall (28) - surgeon, cartographer

Born in 1879 educated at Monckton Combe School and Emmanuel College Cambridge. Represented his college in rowing and football. Originally studied for the church, but subsequently entered St. Bartholomew's Hospital in 1899 qualifying as a surgeon in 1906.
Unmarried at the time of the expedition.

George Edward Marston (25) - artist

artist Endurance 1914-17

"Putty" Marston. Born in 1882 in Portsmouth. Educated as an artist mainly at the Regent Street Polytechnic, a qualified art teacher.
Unmarried at the time of the expedition.

Douglas Mawson (27) - physicist

expedition leader Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-13

Born on a farm at Shipley, Yorkshire, England in 1882, his mother was originally from the Isle of Man. Educated in Australia and working as a lecturer in mineralogy and petrology at Adelaide University and honorary curator of the South Australian Museum at the time of the expedition. Joined the Nimrod in Australia.
Unmarried at the time of the expedition.

Dr. William Arthur Rupert Michell - surgeon

James Murray (42) - biologist

Born in Glasgow in 1865. Spent his early working years in various branches of art, interested in natural history, especially botany. In 1901 he turned his interest to microscopic zoology and was appointed in 1902 by Sir John Murray to work on Scottish lake Survey a job he was still engaged in at the point of joining the expedition as a biologist.
Married in 1892.

Raymond E. Priestley (21) - geologist

geologist Terra Nova 1910-13

Born in 1886 and educated at Tewkesbury School and then Bristol University College, he passed the intermediate exam in science in 1906 and was taking the advanced level when appointed geologist to the expedition in 1907.

William C. Roberts (35) - cook

Born in 1872 in London. Married at the time of the expedition.

Frank Wild ( 34) - in charge of provisions

Seaman Discovery 1901-04
Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-13
Second in command Endurance 1914-17
Second in command Quest- Ernest Shackleton 1921 - 1922

Born in Yorkshire in 1873, Wild was a direct descendent of Captain Cook through his mother, one uncle had been three times on expeditions to the Arctic. He entered the merchant navy in 1889 and joined the Royal Navy in 1900. He had received a polar medal and clasp for his work on the Discovery expedition to Antarctica under Scott and the Royal Geographical Society's silver medal. At Sheerness Gunnery School when the Admiralty consented to his appointment to the Nimrod expedition.

The Nimrod Expedition

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