Apsley George Benet Cherry-Garrard

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Apsley George Benet Cherry-Garrard was born in Bedford on 2 January 1886. He was educated at Winchester College and Christ Church, Oxford. Despite being hampered by poor eyesight he was, on Edward Adrian Wilson's recommendation selected as assistant zoologist for the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott). Spending two years at Cape Evans, he edited the expedition newspaper The South Polar Times and took part in all the major sledging activities, including the winter journey in 1911, with Wilson and Henry Robertson Bowers, to Cape Crozier to collect emperor penguin embryos. As part of the support team he accompanied Scott and the pole party as far as the upper depot on the Beardmore Glacier in December 1911. In March 1912, he reached One Ton Depot, accompanied by Russian dog-driver, Dmitriy Gerov. This sledging journey was carrying supplies for the returning polar party, but was unable to stay longer than six days due to a lack of dog food and concern for Gerov's deteriorating health. Cherry-Garrard was to regret the decision to return to base for the rest of his life. At the time he turned back, Scott's party was just 60 miles further south, something Cherry-Garrard had no means of knowing. When Scott failed to reach Cape Evans, it was clear that he and all those with him had died. Cherry-Garrard was a member of the search party, led by Edward Atkinson, which found and buried the bodies of Scott, Wilson and Bowers in November 1912.

After serving in the First World War, Cherry-Garrard was invalided out in 1915 and returned to the family home, Lamer Park near Wheathampstead in Hertfordshire. Here he began to write his classic account of the expedition The worst journey in the world, first published in 1922. He took up book collecting and contributed to several publications. In his later years, he suffered from bouts of depression and ill health and in 1947, was forced to sell Lamer Park. He died in London on 18 May 1959.

Published work, The worst journey in the world, Antarctic 1910-1913 by Apsley George Benet Cherry-Garrard, Constable London (1922) SPRI Library Shelf Special Collection (7)91(08)[1910-1913 Scott] The South Polar Times volume 3, April to October 1911 ed. Apsley George Benet Cherry-Garrard, Smith, Elder & Co. London (1914) SPRI Library Shelf Special Collection (7)91(08)[1910-1913], Archives

From the guide to the Apsley Cherry-Garrard collection, 1910-1950, (Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge)

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associatedWith Abbott George d 1923 person
associatedWith Apsley-Smith William 1856-1927 person
associatedWith Ashton Peter person
associatedWith Assheton Francis person
associatedWith Assheton Richard 1863-1915 person
associatedWith Atkinson Edward Leicester 1882-1929 person
associatedWith Barr Michel de Vaisseau person
associatedWith Bazett Henry Cuthbert 1885-1950 person
associatedWith Beaumont Lewis Anthony 1847-1922 person
associatedWith Bowers Henry Robertson 1883-1912 person
associatedWith British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913 corporateBody
associatedWith Cherry-Garrard Apsley George Benet 1886-1959 person
associatedWith Cherry-Garrard Evelyn d 1946 person
associatedWith Cope John Lachlan 1893-1947 person
associatedWith Crean Thomas 1877-1938 person
associatedWith Debenham Frank 1883-1965 person
associatedWith Drake Francis fl 1913 person
associatedWith Epstein Jacob 1880-1959 person
associatedWith Evans Edward Ratcliffe Garth Russell 1881-1957 1st Baron Mountevans Admiral person
associatedWith Farrar Arthur person
associatedWith Farrar Charlotte person
associatedWith Fitchett William Henry d 1928 person
associatedWith Granville-Barker Harley Granville 1877-1946 person
associatedWith Harmer Sidney Frederic 1862-1950 person
associatedWith Hodge Albert Hemstock 1875-1918 person
associatedWith Huxley Leonard 1860-1933 person
associatedWith Jagger Charles Sargeant 1885-1934 person
associatedWith Lambart Frederick Rudolph 1865-1946 10th Earl of Cavan Field Marshal person
associatedWith Levick George Murray 1876-1956 person
associatedWith Nansen Fridtjof 1861-1930 person
associatedWith Ponting Herbert George 1871-1935 person
associatedWith Priestley Raymond Edward 1886-1974 person
associatedWith Scott Hannah person
associatedWith Scott Kathleen 1878-1947 person
associatedWith Scott Robert Falcon 1868-1912 person
associatedWith Seaver George 1890-1976 person
associatedWith Wilson Edward Adrian 1872-1912 person
associatedWith Wilson Oriana d 1945 person
associatedWith Wright Charles Seymour 1887-1975 person
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