Skelton, Reginald William, 1872-1956

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Reginald William Skelton was born in Lincolnshire in 1872. He was a senior engineer in the Royal Navy, serving on board HMS Majestic with Robert Falcon Scott, when he joined the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (led by Scott), as the ship's chief engineer. He supervised the fitting-out of the expedition ship Discovery and took part in several sledge journeys during the expedition, discovering the first known breeding place of emperor penguins while sledging to Cape Crozier. He also became an accomplished photographer.

In the First World War, Skelton was in charge of dockyard facilities and installations at Archangel, Russia. He took part in the Battle of Jutland, for which he won the DSO. In 1928, he was appointed Engineer Vice-Admiral and Engineer-in-Chief of the Fleet. He was created KCB in 1931 and retired from the Navy in 1932, becoming a director of John I. Thornycroft and Co., shipbuilders and engineers. He died at Adlingbourne on 5 September 1956.

From the guide to the Reginald Skelton collection, 1899 - 1950, (Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Michael Barne collection, 1901-1907 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn Reginald Skelton collection, 1899 - 1950 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn William Lashly collection, 1901- 1937 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton collection, 1874-1992 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn M H Riley collection, 1900 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn Discovery collection, 1900-[1901] Scott Polar Research Institute
creatorOf Reginald Skelton collection, 1899 - 1950 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn Bernard Day collection, 1910-1911 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn G Foster Pedley collection, 1907 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn British National Antarctic Expedition collection, 1899-1964 Scott Polar Research Institute
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associatedWith Barne, Michael person
associatedWith Barne Michael 1877-1961 person
associatedWith Bernard C Day person
associatedWith British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1912 corporateBody
associatedWith British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-1904 corporateBody
associatedWith Charcot Jean-Baptiste 1876-1936 person
associatedWith Day Bernard C b 1884 person
associatedWith Discovery (Steam yacht) corporateBody
associatedWith G Foster Pedley person
associatedWith Lashly, William person
associatedWith Markham Clements Robert 1830-1916 person
associatedWith Mill Hugh Robert 1861-1950 person
associatedWith Reginald William Skelton person
associatedWith Scott Robert Falcon 1868-1912 person
associatedWith Shackleton Ernest Henry 1874-1922 person
associatedWith Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton and others person
associatedWith Wilson Edward Adrian 1872-1912 person
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Antarctica Discovery and exploration


Birth 1872-06-03

Death 1956-09-05



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