- MS 890/2;BJ Diary, 24 September 1911 to 19 February 1912, holograph
Lashly, British Antarctic Expedition
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- ReferenceGB 15 William Lashly/British Antarctic Expedition
- Dates of Creation1910-1913
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The British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) spent two winters at Cape Evans on Ross Island. Extensive scientific investigations and exploration was conducted along the coast of Victoria Land and on the Ross Ice Shelf. A party led by Griffith Taylor spent three months exploring the western mountains and this work was continued after the departure of the polar party in 1911. A northern party led by Victor Campbell established a base at Cape Adare from where they conducted scientific programmes. After moving camp the party were forced to spend the winter of 1912 in ice caves before walking back to the Cape Evans camp. The first cin documentary film of an Antarctic expedition, 90° South was made during the expedition.
Lashly was a member of the last party to turn back during the southern journey, returning with Crean and Evans while Scott and his companions continued on to the pole. During the return journey Lashly remained with Edward RGR Evans when he became ill while Thomas Crean went for help. After successfully reaching the South Pole on 17 January 1912 Scott and his companions (Henry Bowers, Edgar Evans, Lawrence Oates and Edward Wilson) perished during the return journey.