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Explorers in Antarctica

Explorers in Antarctica

Harry Dickason - polar explorer

John Humble only found out recently he was related to Harry Dickason - who went to Antarctica on the ill-fated expedition, led by Captain Scott.

John Humble from Kidderminster discovered in his twenties that he was adopted - and only found out recently he was related to a polar explorer.

Looking down on Antarctica

Looking down on Antarctica

His granddad, Harry Dickason, went to the Antarctic in 1912 as part of the ill-fated expedition led by Captain Robert Scott.

Harry was among a group of six who were holed up in a ice cave during a South Pole winter.

He now wants to travel to the Antarctic to climb a mountain named after his grandfather.

Harry Dickason

  • He was a petty officer in the Royal Navy when he joined Captain Scott's expedition to try and get to the South Pole.
  • He was part of  'The Northern Party', a group of six men led by Victor Campbell, which carried out scientific research and exploration on the coast of Victoria Land and the Ross Ice Shelf.
  • They spent two winters at Cape Evans on Ross Island and when the expedition ship Terra Nova was unable to pick them up, they spent seven months in a snow cave on Inexpressible Island, surviving as best they could on limited supplies, before they could get back to the Cape Evans base.
  • In the underground ice-cave they lived in awful conditions - freezing, suffering from dysentery and near starvation. They were often sick because of the smoke and smell of the blubber used for heating and cooking.
  • Harry Dickason was awarded the polar medal for his work with the expedition.
  • Chief Petty Officer Dickason was pensioned from the Navy on 18 December 1924, and died in 1943.
  • The Harry Dickason collection, comprising autograph manuscript journals, notes, photographs and sketches relating to the Northern Party of the Terra Nova expedition, was sold at auction for £46,100. This was the second highest bid for Antarctic material.

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