Lieutenant Henry Robertson Bowers

11 October 1911

Herbert Ponting

Presented to King George V, 1914


Henry Robertson 'Birdie' Bowers (1883-1912), 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.

Toned silver bromide print

45.6 x 33.4 cm

RCIN 2580037