Category Archives: Polar Exploration

Fort Brockhurst, Gosport, Hampshire, England

Memorial in Fort Brockhurst, Gosport, Hampshire commemorating Commander Wyatt Rawson RN d. 1882

Location

Fort Brockhurst, Gosport, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF [Gothic script] / WYATT RAWSON / COMMANDER ROYAL NAVY AND NAVAL A.D.C. TO / GENERAL SIR G. WOLSELEY, G.C.B. / HE FELL WHILE ACTING AS GUIDE / TO THE / SECOND DIVISION AT THE BATTLE OF TEL-EL-KEBIR, EGYPT, / 13 SEPTEMBER, 1882 / AGED 29. / HE SERVED IN THE ASHANTEE WAR, 1873-4, / AND IN THE / ARCTIC EXPEDITION, 1875-6 / THIS TABLET IS ERECTED AS A TOKEN OF AFFECTION AND ESTEEM / BY LORD WOLSELEY AND THE MEMBERS OF THE PERSONAL STAFF'

Details

Position: English Heritage Store
Vessel: HMS Carthage

Event

The Anglo-Egyptian War

Event Date

1882 - 1889

Event Category

19th century conflicts in Africa

People

Rawson, Wyatt
Age:
Date of Death: 13/9/1882
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Born 27/8/1853. Died on board HMS 'Carthage' in Malta Harbour and buried at Bighi cemetery. DOSSIER. The memorial damaged in January 1941 and removed from its original location in the Garrison Church, Portsmouth. Sighted at Fort Brockhurst January 2004 by Tim Backhouse.
Bibliography: Geoffrey Rawson 'Life of Admiral Sir Harry Rawson' (London, 1914) p. 277; Frederic Boase 'Modern English Biography' (London, 1965).

Observation Hill, McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Rest of the World

Cross at Observation Hill, Antarctica commemorating Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his companions who died on their return journey from the South Pole in 1912

Location

Observation Hill, McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Rest of the World

Transcript

'IN / MEMORIAM / CAPT. R.F. SCOTT, R.N. / DR E.A. WILSON, CAPT. L.E.G. OATES, INS. DRGS., LT. H.R. BOWERS, R.I.M. / PETTY OFFICER E. EVANS, R.N. / WHO DIED ON THEIR / RETURN FROM THE / POLE. MARCH / 1912 / TO STRIVE, TO SEEK, / TO FIND, / AND NOT TO / YIELD'

Details

Type: Cross
Materials: Jarrah wood
Date Erected: 1913

People

Bowers, Henry Robertson
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1912
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RIM
Organisation: Royal Indian Marine
Evans, Edward
Age:
Date of Death: 17/2/1912
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Petty Officer RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Oates, Lawrence Edward Grace
Age:
Date of Death: 17/3/1912
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain
Organisation: British Army
Scott, Robert Falcon
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1912
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Wilson, Edward Adrian
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1912
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Line chosen from Tennyson's 'Ulysses' by Cherry-Garrard. Erected Jan 20 1913.
Bibliography: R.F. Scott, E.A. Wilson, Leonard Huxley 'Scott's Last Expedition, being the journals of Captain R.F. Scott and the reports of the journey and scientific work undertaken by Dr E.A. Wilson and the surviving members of the expedition' (London, 1913) (photo).

Museum, Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, Rest of the World

Memorial in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands commemorating Matthew Brisbane, sealer and polar explorer d. 1833

Location

Museum, Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, Rest of the World

Transcript

'To the memory / of / Mr Matthew Brisbane / who was barbarously / murdered on the / 26th August 1833 / in the command of the / Beaufoy cutter he was / the zealous and able / companion of Captn / James Weddell during / his enterprising voyage / to beyond the 74th Degree of / South Latitude / in February 1823 / His remains were removed to / this spot by the crews of H.B.M. / ships 'Erebus' and 'Terror' on 2nd August 1842.'

Details

Type: Headstone
Materials: Wood
Vessel: Beaufoy

People

Brisbane, Matthew
Age: 46
Date of Death: 26/8/1833
Cause of Death: Murdered
Rank / Occupation: Sealer
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Replaced from original location by a marble slab in 1933.
Bibliography: A.G.E. Jones 'Polar Portraits: collected papers' (Whitby, 1992), p113