Category Archives: Polar Exploration

Haslar Hospital, Gosport, Hampshire, England

Wall tablet in Haslar Hospital, Gosport, Hampshire commemorating Sir John Richardson d. 1865

Location

Haslar Hospital, Gosport, Hampshire, England

Transcript

In Memory of / Sir John Richardson / CB RN MD Gold medallist: Royal Society: FRGS / Physician 1838 / Inspector Of Hospitals And Fleets 1840 / Born 5 November 1787 Died 5 June 1865 / Present At The Blockade Of Copenhagen 1807 Promoted For Gallantry / During A Night Attack On A French Brigade On The Tagus 1808. Campaign In / Georgia 1815. Second In Command Of Sir John Franklin's Expedition To The / Arctic Coast Of America 1819-22 When Terrible Hardships Were Suffered / And Again 1825-7 When He Discovered The Coast Between The Mackenzie And Coppermine Rivers / Commanded A Search Expedition After Franklin 1848-9 Author Of The Fauna Boreali / Americana And Other Scientific Works / Not Once Or twice In Our Rough Island Story / The Path Of Duty Was The One To Glory'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: St Luke's Church

People

Richardson, John
Age: 78
Date of Death: 5/6/1865
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Inspector of Hospitals and Fleets
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Quotation: Alfred Lord Tennyson 'Ode on the death of the Duke of Wellington' (St 8).

Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Memorial at Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh commemorating Robert Anstruther Goodsir d. 1895

Location

Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Transcript

'ROBERT ANSTRUTHER / GOODSIR M.D. / ARCTIC EXPLORER / AND TRAVELLER / WHO IN 1849 SAILED / IN THE SHIP 'ADVANCE' / IN SEARCH OF THE / FRANKLIN EXPEDITION / AND AGAIN IN 1850 / AS SURGEON / ACCOMPANIED THE EXPEDITION / FITTED OUT FOR THE / SAME PURPOSE BY / LADY FRANKLIN / BORN 1823 DIED 1895'

Details

Description: Altar-shaped memorial with a bronze relief showing a ship beset in the ice and crew members hauling a sledge.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Sandstone, bronze

People

Goodsir, Robert Anstruther
Age:
Date of Death: 1895
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Arctic explorer; surgeon
Organisation:

Extra

Recorder: B. Tomlinson
Photographer: B. Tomlinson

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Memorial in Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff commemorating John Webb  RM d. 1896

Location

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Transcript

'In loving memory of / John Webb / who sailed in the first expedition / in search of the late Sir John Franklin / and received the Arctic medal 1818-1855 / Who died May 12th 1896 / Aged 78 years / We have to mourn the loss of one / we did our best to save / Beloved on earth, regretted, gone / Remembered in the grave.'

Details

Description: Headstone.
Type: Gravestone

People

Webb, John
Age: 78
Date of Death: 12/5/1896
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Private
Organisation: Royal Marines

Extra

Notes: Medal group sold 22 June 1999 Dix Noonan Webb
Recorder: David J. Wickham

Royal Dockyard, Portsmouth, England

Statue at Portsmouth Dockyard commemorating Captain Robert Falcon Scott RN d. 1912

Location

Royal Dockyard, Portsmouth, England

Transcript

'CAPTAIN ROBERT FALCON SCOTT. RN. CVO / BORN 6 JUNE 1868 DIED ABOUT 29 MARCH 1912 / DURING HIS RETURN FROM THE SOUTH POLE / IN HIS JOURNAL FOUND 8 MONTHS LATER HE WROTE / THE GALE IS HOWLING ABOUT US WE ARE WEAK / WRITING IS DIFFICULT BUT FOR MY OWN SAKE / I DO NOT REGRET THIS JOURNEY WHICH HAS SHOWN / THAT ENGLISHMAN CAN ENDURE HARDSHIP / HELP ONE ANOTHER AND MEET DEATH WITH / AS GREAT A FORTITUDE AS EVER IN THE PAST / WE TOOK RISKS WE KNEW WE TOOK THEM / THINGS HAVE COME OUT AGAINST US AND / THEREFORE WE HAVE NO CAUSE FOR COMPLAINT / BUT BOW TO THE WILL OF PROVIDENCE / DETERMINED TO DO OUR BEST TO THE END'

Details

Description: Full-length figure in uniform overcoat and boots, holding his cap, a dog at his feet.
Type: Statue
Materials: Bronze
Artists: Kathleen Scott

People

Scott, Robert Falcon
Age: 43
Date of Death: 3/1912
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: B. Tomlinson
Photographer: B. Tomlinson

St Paul's Church, Dock Street, London, England

Window at St Paul’s Church, Dock Street, London dedicated to the memory of Sir John Franklin d. 1847

Location

St Paul's Church, Dock Street, London, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF / CAPTAIN SIR JOHN FRANKLIN R.N., K.C.H. / ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THIS CHURCH / WHO DIED ON BOARD H.M.S. EREBUS / IN LAT 69°. 37 42 N LONG LAT 98° 41 W / ERECTED 1872 DAN. GREATOREX VICAR'[middle] 'HE REBUKETH THE WINDS AND THE WAVES SAYING' [south] 'HE THAT HATH EARS LET HIM HEAR', 'FEAR NOT FROM HENCEFORTH THOU SHALL CATCH MEN'[middle], 'THOU OF LITTLE FAITH WHEREFORE DIDST THOU DOUBT' [north]

Details

Description: Triple lancets with sexfoil window above.
Type: Window
Materials: Stained glass
Date Erected: 1872
Artists: Cox & Sons
Vessel: HMS Erebus

People

Franklin, John
Age: 61
Date of Death: 11/6/1847
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Rear Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Founded as a seamen's chapel behind their hostel in place of an episcopal floating church. Parochial church from 1864, converted to children's nursery in 2002.

Odd Fellow Rural Cemetery, Salem, Oregon, USA, Rest of the World

Memorial at Odd Fellow Rural Cemetery, Salem, Oregon, USA commemorating Lieutenant Frederick G. Schwatka d. 1892

Location

Odd Fellow Rural Cemetery, Salem, Oregon, USA, Rest of the World

Transcript

'LIEUT. / F.G. SCHWATKA / 3RD U.S. CAV. / DIED / NOV 2 1892 / EXPLORER'

Details

Type: headstone
Materials: Stone

People

Schwatka, Frederick Gustavus
Age:
Date of Death: 2/11/1892
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant US Army
Organisation: United States Army

Extra

Notes: Commander of a Franklin Search Expedition.
Bibliography: Ronald Savitt 'F.G. Schwatka's headstone', 'Polar Record' vol 43, no. 226, 2007

St Mary's Church, Gestingthorpe, Essex, England

Wall tablet St Mary’s Church, Gestingthorpe, Essex, dedicated to Captain Lawrence Edward Grace Oates d. 1912

Location

St Mary's Church, Gestingthorpe, Essex, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF / A VERY GALLANT GENTLEMAN / LAWRENCE EDWARD GRACE OATES, / CAPTAIN IN THE INNISKILLING DRAGOONS. / BORN MARCH 17 1880. DIED MARCH 17 1912, / ON THE RETURN JOURNEY FROM THE SOUTH / POLE OF THE SCOTT ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION / - WHEN ALL WERE BESET BY HARDSHIP, HE BEING GRAVELY INJURED WENT OUT INTO / THE BLIZZARD TO DIE IN THE HOPE THAT BY SO / DOING HE MIGHT ENABLE HIS COMRADES TO / REACH SAFETY - THIS TABLET IS PLACED / HERE IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE BY / HIS BROTHER OFFICERS, A.D. 1913'

Details

Description: Regimental badge above.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Brass

People

Oates, Lawrence Edward Grace
Age:
Date of Death: 17/3/1912
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain
Organisation: British Army

Extra

Recorder: Reverend William Henry Donnan 1971

Lady Franklin Bay, Nunavut, Canada, Rest of the World

Memorial at Lady Franklin Bay, Nunavut, Canada commemorating Charles Paul, RN, and J.J. Hand, RN, d. 1876

Location

Lady Franklin Bay, Nunavut, Canada, Rest of the World

Transcript

‘SACRED / TO THE MEMORY / of / C.W. PAUL A.B. / H.M.S. DISCOVERY / who departed this life / JUNE 29th 1876 / Aged 27 years / THY WILL BE DONE', ‘SACRED / TO THE MEMORY / of / J.J. HAND A.B. / who departed this life / JUNE 3RD 1876 / Aged 29 years / MAY HE REST IN PEACE / THE ABOVE MEN BELONGED TO THE NORTH GREENLAND SLEDGING / PARTY AND ARE INTERRED AT HALL'S REST POLARIS BAY'

Details

Type: Head board
Materials: Wood

People

Hand, J. J.
Age: 29
Date of Death: 3/6/1876
Cause of Death: Scurvy
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Paul, Charles
Age: 27
Date of Death: 29/6/1876
Cause of Death: Scurvy
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: The two men died on Nares' Arctic Expedition 1875-6 and the head board was erected by their comrades.

Bibliography: Adolphus W. Greely 'Three Years of Arctic Service' (London, 1886) vol i, p. 359.

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Blandford Forum, Dorset, England

Brass plate in Church of St Peter and St Paul, Blandford Forum, Dorset, commemorating George Vince d. 1902

Location

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Blandford Forum, Dorset, England

Transcript

'ERECTED BY HIS SHIPMATES, SCHOOLFELLOWS AND FRIENDS, / TO THE MEMORY OF GEORGE VINCE, A.B., R.N., / OF THE EXPLORING SHIP, DISCOVERY / A MEMBER OF THE EXPEDITION TO THE ANTARCTIC REGIONS / UNDER CAPT. ROBERT F. SCOTT, R.N. / BORN AT BLANDFORD SEPT. 20, 1880. /DIED BY A FALL OVER AN ICE CLIFF INTO THE SEA / AT ROSS ISLAND MARCH 11, 1902 / THE ONLY ONE OF HIS SHIP'S COMPANY WHO LOST HIS LIFE'

Details

Description: Brass plaque on marble support.
Type: Plate
Materials: Brass
Vessel: Discovery

People

Vince, George
Age:
Date of Death: 11/3/1902
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: J.D. Spinney 'Some Naval Memorials in Dorset', 'Mariner's Mirror' vol. 73, p. 195 (Greenwich, 1987).

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Memorial plaque in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, commemorating Henry Mathias, RN, d. 1849

Location

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF HENRY MATHIAS ASSIST: SURGEON OF / H.M.S. "ENTERPRISE", WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JUNE 15TH 1849. / IN HIS 28TH YEAR, AT PORT LEOPOLD LAT 74 N. / ERECTED BY THE OFFICERS OF THE ARCTIC EXPEDITION COMPOSED OF / H.M. SHIPS 'ENTERPRISE' AND 'INVESTIGATOR' AS A JUST TRIBUTE / TO HIS VARIED TALENTS AND GREAT MORAL WORTH. / 'I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord."

Details

Description: Above an inscription tablet on brackets, a white marble relief of two ships beset in ice with icy peaks silhouetted against a grey background behind them. A foul anchor is carved on the pediment above.
Type: Wall memorial
Position: Crypt
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Enterprise

People

Mathias, Henry
Age: 28
Date of Death: 15/6/1849
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Surgeon
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Photographer: Martin Stiles, 2011