1-8 August, 1921

John Charles Bee-Mason (47) joins the expedition team. Cinematographer and Assistant Naturalist. Originally J C Mason, he changed his name to Bee Mason after success making films about bee-keeping. He was a photographer during the war and he is a

16-31 July, 1921

Monday 18 July, 1921

In the fall-out following his comments at Becker’s event on 8 July, Ernest Shackleton writes to John Quiller Rowett’s wife, Ellie, from the Marlborough Club, Pall Mall:

never the lowered Banner, never the lost Endeavour”

July 1-15, 1921

Tuesday 5 July, 1921

Ernest Shackleton attends Summer Court Dinner at the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers, where John Quiller Rowett is Master. Note reference to John Rowett’s nickname “Jules”.  In their circles with Shackleton, John Rowett’s wife Ellie is often

June 14-30, 1921

Tuesday 14 June, 1921

Shackleton visits John Rowett at Ely Place, staying overnight and departing next day.

Friday 17 June, 1921

Lady Emily Shackleton arrives at Ely Place to spend the weekend with the Rowetts.

Saturday 18 June, 1921


June 1921 – the team assemble – Part 2

George Vibert Douglas (29) – Geologist. Canadian Douglas, a McGill University student who interrupted his studies to fight in the War, receiving the Military Cross, completed his BSc in 1920. He has just received his MSc, also from McGill. He

June 1921 – the team assemble – Part 1

Frank Wild (48) : Second-in-Command on the Quest, as he was on the Endurance expedition. In 1921 he is a decorated veteran of four Antarctic expeditions and trusted ally of Shackleton. He answers Shackleton’s call and returns from Nyasaland

2 June 1921

Thursday 2 June 1921

At a dinner at the Savoy Restaurant, London, the menu is signed by Ernest Shackleton, John Quiller Rowett, Frank Wild, Joseph Stenhouse, Frank Worsley, Lee Keedick, Leonard Hussey, Lewis Rickinson, Northrup McMillan, Percy Wallace and

17-31 May 1921

Friday 20 May 1921

Ernest Shackleton visits the Rowetts at Ely Place and stays the night. Lady Shackleton, already there since 12th, stays on after he leaves the next day.

John Quiller Rowett has by now agreed to fund the

1-16 May 1921

Friday 6 May 1921

Despite all Shackleton’s efforts, the Canadian government have not committed their support.  Seeking to force an outcome Shackleton cables the Prime Minister, Arthur Meighen: “Urgently awaiting your action. Please cable Government’s definite support and amount