Ian Forbes Meiklejohn

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of material relating to the British Graham Land Expedition, 1934-1937 (leader John Rymill).

Administrative / Biographical History

Ian Forbes Meiklejohn was born in 1907. He was educated at Wellington College and Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. In 1927 he was commissioned in the Royal Corps of Signals, advancing to the rank of lieutenant. He was seconded to the British Graham Land Expedition, 1934-1937 (leader John Rymill), as wireless officer in addition to operating the camera during aerial surveys. After the expedition, he served in various staff appointments, and during the Second World War was commanding officer of a signal regiment and later of a training regiment. After a year with Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) as head of Communications Security Section, he was appointed chief staff officer of Singapore Base District. Retiring from the army with the rank of colonel in 1955, he died on 26 December 1977.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to British polar exploration and research a historical and medallic record with biographies 1818-1999 by Lieutenant Colonel Neville W Poulsom and Rear Admiral John A L Myres, Savannah Publications, London (2000) SPRI Library Shelf 737.2 and Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events by Robert Keith Headland (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034

Other Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.

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