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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Lieutenant Henry Robertson Bowers

Overview

Creator: Herbert George Ponting (1870-1935) (photographer)
Creation Date: 
11 Oct 1911
Materials: 
Toned silver bromide print
Dimensions: 
45.6 x 33.4 cm (image)
RCIN 
2580037
Acquirer: King George V, King of the United Kingdom (1865-1936)
Provenance: 
Presented to King George V, 1914
Description:

Photograph of Henry Robertson 'Birdie' Bowers (1883-1912) standing in full length wearing a hat, waterproof and furry gloves. Taken against an expanse of ice.

Henry Robertson Bowers, born in Greenock, western Scotland, was serving in the Royal Indian Marine Service before he joined Scott’s expedition. Initially Scott was unimpressed by him, but he soon came to value Bowers’ capacity for hard work, organisation and general cheerfulness. He was the surprise ’fifth man’ in the Polar Party, all previous calculations having been made for four men.

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Category: 
Photographs