April 1921 (ii)

Monday 18 April 1921

Shackleton returns from his latest trip to Canada, arriving at Southampton on RMS Aquitania. At this time, his home is at 14 Milnthorpe Road, Eastbourne, where Emily Shackleton is District Commissioner of the Eastbourne Girl Guides and their daughter Cecily (14) is at nearby Roedean School.

Also today, Cecily Shackleton arrives to stay with the Rowetts at Ely Place, Frant. She stays until 26 April.

Ely Place, Frant, W Sussex

John Rowett’s wife is Helen (38), known as Ellie. She is the daughter of Glasgow lawyer John Jackson Coats.   John and Ellie have three young children, Helen (b December 1915), John Penrose (b December 1918) and Caroline (b November 1920).

Ellie had had her left leg amputated in 1916, because of a suspected sarcoma, just after the birth of their first child Helen.

Saturday 23 April 1921

Dr Alexander Macklin, surgeon on Endurance, and who has been all along assisting Shackleton with planning the new expedition leaves on RMS Aquitania bound for New York, heading to Canada to source sled-dogs.