Saturday, January 4, 2014

Pipe Smoker: Edward Atkinson

Edward Atkinson (1881 - 1929)

Edward Leicester Atkinson was a surgeon and parasitologist who served as the physician of Robert Scott's ill-fated Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole.  He was not part of the final push to reach the pole, remaining at a base camp, and therefore survived the expedition.

Afterwards, at the outbreak of World War I, he reported for active service and served on the Western Front.  In 1918 he was badly injured from an explosion aboard the HMS Glatton but helped to rescue several others in spite of his injuries.

He died suddenly aboard ship in 1929 on his way back to England and was buried at sea.

Haslar Heritage Group

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