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Ford, Charles Reginald

Ford, Charles Reginald

Alias: None

Dates: 1908-1972

Nationality: British, New Zealand

Awards: Polar Medal (silver)

Charles Reginald Ford was born in London in 1880. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of fifteen and volunteered for the British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery), led by Robert Falcon Scott, as a steward. He also served as Scott's secretary and accountant. In 1902, he broke a leg skiing, but in 1903 participated in a sledging trip to lay a depot for the Southern Party at Minna Bluff.

On his return to Britain, Ford completed the expedition's financial affairs, which included the sale of the expedition ship Discovery. He then toured England as Scott's secretary during his lecture tour and himself lectured in Canada and Australia. In 1906, he settled in New Zealand where he qualified as an architect, forming a partnership which designed several public buildings in Auckland. Ford published a short book on his experiences in Antarctica and a book on English ceramics, on which subject he was an expert.

Ford died in Auckland, New Zealand, on 19 May 1972, the last survivor of the British National Antarctic Expedition. He is commemorated in the Antarctic with Ford Spur (84°51' S 173°50' E).


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