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Frederick Spencer Chapman (1907–1971) by Howard Coster, 1939 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chapman, Frederick Spencer (1907–1971), explorer and mountaineer, was born on 10 May 1907 at Kensington, London, the younger son and younger child of Frank Spencer Chapman, solicitor, of Oakwood Court, Kensington, and his wife, Winifred Ormond, who died within a month of the birth. She was the daughter of ...

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Kenneth Cecil Gandar- Dower (1908–1944) by unknown photographer, 1937 Getty Images

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Dower, Kenneth Cecil Gandar- (1908–1944), sportsman and explorer, was born on 31 August 1908 at his parents' home at 17 Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London, the fourth and youngest son of Joseph Wilson Gandar-Dower (1848–1919), of independent means, and his wife, Amelia Frances Germaine (...

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Dunsheath [née Houchen], Cissie Providence [Joyce] (1902–1976), mountaineer and traveller, was born on 8 November 1902 at 32 Onley Street, Heigham, near Norwich, the daughter of Charles Houchen, an accident insurance clerk, and his wife, Gertrude Providence, née Balls. She took a degree in modern languages at ...

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Oswell, (William) Cotton (1818–1893), explorer and hunter, was born at Leytonstone, Essex, on 27 April 1818, the elder son of William Oswell (1782–1822) and his wife, Amelia (d. 1848), the daughter of Joseph Cotton, deputy master of Trinity House and grandson of ...

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Prichard, Hesketh Vernon Hesketh- (1876–1922), explorer and marksman, was born at Jhansi, India, on 17 November 1876, the son of Lieutenant Hesketh Brodrick Prichard (1851–1876) of the King's Own Scottish Borderers, and his wife, Katherine O'Brien, née Ryall (1852–1935). On the premature death of his father (six weeks before his son was born) he was brought to ...

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R. I. Pocock

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Selous, Frederick Courteney (1851–1917), hunter and explorer, was born at Regent's Park, London, on 31 December 1851, the son of Frederick Lokes Selous, of Huguenot descent, chairman of the stock exchange, and his wife, Ann Holgate Sherborn. He was the brother of Edmund Selous...

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Frederick Courteney Selous (1851–1917) by James Russell & Sons ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Eric Earle Shipton (1907–1977) by unknown photographer, 1939 [at Snow Lake, Karakoram] The Royal Geographical Society, London

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Shipton, Eric Earle (1907–1977), explorer and mountaineer, was born on 1 August 1907 in Ceylon, the younger child and only son of Cecil Shipton, a tea planter, and his wife, Alice Lilian Earle (d. 1943). His father died before he was three and his upbringing, in his mother's hands, was characterized by constant travelling between ...

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Taylor, Edmund Seyfang [pseud. Walker Miles] (1853–1908), walker and author of guidebooks, was born at 13 Lyndhurst Grove, Camberwell, London, on 27 August 1853, the eldest of three sons of Robert Edmund Taylor (1823–1897), a master printer who specialized in horticultural printing and was himself a keen gardener, and his wife, ...

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Thompson, Edith Marie (1877–1961), sports and empire settlement administrator, was born at 44 Russell Road, Kensington, London, on 19 May 1877, the only daughter of William Frederic Thompson (1847/8–1921), barrister and mineral and chemical merchant, and his wife, Marie Charlotte, née Warde (1849/50–1900)...

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Harold William Tilman (1898–19779) by unknown photographer, 1938 The Royal Geographical Society, London

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Tilman, Harold William (1898–1977x9), mountaineer and sailor, was born in Wallasey, Cheshire, on 14 February 1898, the youngest of three children and younger son of John Hinkes Tilman (1861–1936), a Liverpool sugar broker residing in Wallasey, and his wife, Adeline Rees (d...

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