24 Facts About Apsley Cherry-Garrard


Apsley George Benet Cherry-Garrard was an English explorer of Antarctica.


Apsley Cherry-Garrard was a member of the Terra Nova expedition and is acclaimed for his 1922 account of this expedition, The Worst Journey in the World.


Apsley Cherry-Garrard was educated at Winchester College and at Christ Church, Oxford where he read classics and modern history.


Apsley Cherry-Garrard's surname was changed to Cherry-Garrard by the terms of his great-aunt's will, through which his father inherited the Lamer Park estate near Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire.


Apsley Cherry-Garrard inherited the estate on his father's death in 1907.


Apsley Cherry-Garrard had always been enamoured of the stories of his father's achievements in India and China where he had fought with merit for the British Army, and felt that he must live up to his father's example.


In September 1907, Edward Adrian Wilson met with Robert Falcon Scott at Reginald Smith's home in Cortachy, to discuss another Antarctic expedition; Smith's young cousin Apsley Cherry-Garrard happened to visit and decided to volunteer.


Apsley Cherry-Garrard suffered from a high degree of myopia, seeing little without the spectacles that he could not wear while sledging.


Apsley Cherry-Garrard suffered such cold that he shattered most of his teeth due to chattering in the frigid temperatures.


On 1 November 1911, Apsley Cherry-Garrard set off to accompany the team that would make the attempt on the South Pole, along with three supporting parties of men, dogs and horses.


At the top of the Beardmore Glacier, on 22 December, Apsley Cherry-Garrard was in the second supporting party to be sent home, arriving back at base on 26 January 1912.


Apsley Cherry-Garrard later wrote that "the primary object of this journey with the dog team[s] was to hurry Scott and his companions home" but they "were never meant to be a relief journey".


Two days later, Apsley Cherry-Garrard fainted and became an invalid for the following days.


Apsley Cherry-Garrard was eventually appointed record keeper and continued zoological work.


The scientific work continued through the winter and it was not until October 1912 that a team led by Atkinson and including Apsley Cherry-Garrard was able to head south to ascertain the fate of the South Pole team.


Apsley Cherry-Garrard was deeply affected, particularly by the deaths of Wilson and Bowers, with whom he had made the journey to Cape Crozier.


Not long after his return to civilization in February 1913, Apsley Cherry-Garrard accompanied Edward Atkinson on his journey to China to assist Atkinson with his investigation on a type of parasitic flatworm that was causing schistosomiasis among British seamen.


Apsley Cherry-Garrard journeyed to Belgium in August 1914 with Major Edwin Richardson, a dog trainer who used dogs to sniff out wounded soldiers and founded the British War Dog School, to assist on the front with a pack of bloodhounds.


Apsley Cherry-Garrard volunteered for this opportunity, in part due to his experience with handling dogs in Antarctica.


Apsley Cherry-Garrard's lifespan preceded the description and diagnosis of what is called post-traumatic stress disorder.


Apsley Cherry-Garrard required repeated dental treatment because of the damage done to his teeth by the extreme cold.


On 6 September 1939, Apsley Cherry-Garrard married Angela Katherine Turner, whom he had met during a Norwegian cruise in 1937.


Apsley Cherry-Garrard is buried in the north-west corner of the churchyard of St Helen's Church, Wheathampstead.


In 1922, encouraged by his friend George Bernard Shaw, Apsley Cherry-Garrard wrote The Worst Journey in the World.