Grave of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, Wheathamstead
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member flipflopnick
N 51° 48.763 W 000° 17.708
30U E 686448 N 5743668
Quick Description: Apsley Cherry-Garrard accompanied Captain RF Scott on the Southern Polar Expedition of 1912. He did not get to the pole, as a result he returned and lived to write "The Worst Journey in the World".
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/15/2012 7:50:12 AM
Waymark Code: WMEMPK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member SCOTUS
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Long Description:
Apsley Cherry-Garrard was landed gentry and looked for something to lift him from a humdrum existence. Scott's Expedition seamed a worthy challenge. His contribution to expedition funds probably helped as he had no recognisable aptitude to what was to follow.
Once at Scott's base he proved a valuable member of the trip, as did all the other participants. All had a story to tell.
Apsley Cherry-Garrard's is probably the best and surpasses all other tales.

Apsley Cherry-Garrard wrote many years later "The Worst Journey in the World". A sledging trip in the Antarctic winter man hauling an over loaded sledge to Cape Crozier. Accomplished totally in the dark following the coastline, to collect penguin eggs to see whether they were the missing link. Their tent was blown away in a hurricane force blizzard leaving them exposed in inadequate clothing. When the storm abated they miraculously found the tent remains.

Apsley Cherry-Garrard was the only member of that trip to return to England. He delivered the penguin eggs to the Natural History Museum, who casually thanked him for his effort. And dismissed the collection and never opened their box for many years. Two of the men on that trip accompanied Scott to the pole and died.

Later Apsley Cherry-Garrard suffered mentally from his experiences and severed all his ties with the world, both at home and abroad.

Inside the church is a bronze figurine in the Lamer chapel of Apsley Cherry-Garrard in full polar garb.
Type of Waymark: Off Continent Point of Interest

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