The collection comprises of correspondence by parry to Sir [Geoffrey] Miles Clifford relating to the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1955-1958 (leader Vivian Fuchs)
Cecil Parry collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Cecil Parry
- Dates of Creation1955
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (3 leaves)
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Administrative / Biographical History
Cecil Ramsden Langworthy Parry was born on 3 September 1901. He attended the Royal Naval Colleges at Osborne and Dartmouth before joining HMS Tiger as midshipman in 1917. Promoted commander in 1935 and captain in 1941, he served as naval attach and liaison officer with the United States Pacific Fleet between 1941 and 1942. He was awarded the DSO for his services as captain of the 21st Destroyer Flotilla, advancing to rear admiral in 1951 and receiving the CB in 1952. Retiring from the Navy in 1953, Parry was appointed secretary to the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1955-1958 (leader Vivian Fuchs), the first expedition to cross Antarctica. After the expedition, he served as secretary to the British national appeal for the World Wildlife Fund between 1961 and 1964. He died on 31 March 1977.
The correspondence to Clifford is arranged chronologically
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events by Robert Keith Headland (1 December 2001) Cambridge University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 and 'Rear Admiral C.R.L. Parry' by Vivian Fuchs in Polar Record volume 19 number 120 September 1978 p292 and Who was who, 1971-1980 volume 7 A & C Black London (1989)
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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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