From Ice Floes to Battlefields: Scott's 'Anarctics' in the First World War

From Ice Floes to Battlefields: Scott's 'Anarctics' in the First World War

by Anne Strathie


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A tale of friendship, death, and survival, this is the first group biography of the men who survived the Terra Nova expedition
In February 1912, Harry Pennell and his Terra Nova shipmates returned to Antarctica expecting to celebrate Scott’s conquest of the Pole. Forced by ice to leave before their leader returned, they sailed to New Zealand to discover Amundsen had reached the Pole in December 1911. Returning to Antarctica in January 1913, they learned the tragic news that Scott’s party died on their return from the Pole. Back in New Zealand, Pennell secretly cabled London with the news, while in England a cycle of medal ceremonies and memorial services were soon overshadowed by the outbreak of war—a war that would soon include Pennell and his shipmates. Of the eight men photographed on board the Terra Nova in Antarctica in early 1912, four would die in conflict. Amongst the battles and bad news, however, there were reunions, romances, weddings, births, and tales of survival against all odds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780750961783
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 01/01/2016
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Anne Strathie is a freelance writer and researcher. She is the author of Birdie Bowers and co-writer of Hugh Willoughby: The Man Who Loved Picassos.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 5

Introduction 7

Prologue 10

1 Southward Ho! 17

2 Battling Through the Pack 29

3 Breaking News - and a Mysterious Death 39

4 Final journeys 48

5 From Oamaru to Awliscombe 54

6 Ring Out the Old, Ring In the New 67

7 From Arctic to Antwerp 79

8 'Antarctics' on the Seven Seas 87

9 Cavalry Officers, Chateaux and Censors 95

10 Your Country Needs You! 105

11 From Blandford Camp Towards Byzantium 113

12 Crossing Paths and Keeping in Touch 124

13 The 'Big Show' - and a Great Loss 131

14 Deaths on the Western Front 140

15 Of Scientists, Sailors and Shackleton 150

16 A Norwegian 'Warbird' Keeps His Promise 158

17 Northward Ho! 168

18 Moving On 178

Epilogue 189


A Expedition Personnel 193

B Summary Timeline, 1910-19 195

C Other Information 197

Notes 198

Selected Bibliography 217

Index 221


Antarctica 9

New Zealand 13

Voyages of the Terra Nova, 1910-13 14

McMurdo Sound 15

Voyages of the Terra Nova, 1912 16

Spitsbergen 77

Antwerp 78

Y pres 94

Turkey, showing Gallipoli and Dardanelles 111

Gallipoh, Helles Sector 112

Battle of Jutland 130

Ancre and Surrounding Area 138

Beaucourt-sur-Ancre 139

Arctic Region, including Spitsbergen and North Russia 167

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