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Plumley, Frank

Plumley, Frank

Alias: None

Title: Mr

Rank: Stoker (Royal Navy)

Dates: 1875-1971

Nationality: British

Awards: Polar Medal (silver)

Frank Plumley was born in Clevedon, Somerset, on 5 May 1875. After attending the local school, he served an apprenticeship as a blacksmith and wheelwright before enlisting in the Royal Navy. He joined the British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery), led by Robert Falcon Scott, as a stoker, proving useful in building and repairing the expedition's sledges and hardware. He took part in several sledging journeys, including an attempt to reach Cape Crozier in March 1902, and in October 1903 was a member of the party led by Scott to explore further the routes through the western mountains. Plumley remained in the Royal Navy until his retirement and died on 8 February 1971.

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