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Boardman, Peter David (1950–1982), mountaineer and author, was born on 25 December 1950 at 19 Ack Lane, Bramhall, Cheshire, the second of two sons of Alan Howe Boardman (1920–1979), engineering executive, and his wife, Dorothy Griffiths (b. 1923), lecturer. From 1956 to 1969 he attended ...

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Bourdillon, Thomas Duncan (1924–1956), mountaineer and physicist, was born at 24 Norland Square, North Kensington, London, on 16 March 1924, the elder son of Robert Benedict Bourdillon (1889–1971), scientist, and his wife, Harriet Ada Barnes. He was educated at Gresham's School, Holt, and ...

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Kenneth Mason

revised by Peter H. Hansen

Bruce, Charles Granville (1866–1939), army officer and mountaineer, was born in London on 7 April 1866, the youngest son of Henry Austin Bruce, first Baron Aberdare (1815–1895), politician, and his second wife, Nora Creina Blanche (d. 1897), youngest daughter of Lieutenant-General Sir William Napier...

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A. T. Quiller-Couch

revised by Nilanjana Banerji

Butler, Arthur John (1844–1910), Italian scholar and mountaineer, born at Putney, Surrey, on 21 June 1844, was the eldest of the six children of William John Butler (1818–1894), at that time curate of Puttenham, near Guildford, Surrey, but best-known as the dean of ...

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Chapman, Frederick Spencer (1907–1971), explorer and mountaineer, was born on 10 May 1907 at Kensington, London, the younger son and younger child of Frank Spencer Chapman, solicitor, of Oakwood Court, Kensington, and his wife, Winifred Ormond, who died within a month of the birth. She was the daughter of ...

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Conway, (William) Martin, Baron Conway of Allington (1856–1937), art historian and mountaineer, was born on 12 April 1856 at Rochester, Kent, the only son of William Conway, a low-church evangelical vicar of St Nicholas's Church, Rochester, afterwards rector of St Margaret's Church, Westminster...

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Davis, Ian Gordon McNaught- (1929–2014), mountaineer, businessman, and broadcaster, was born on 30 August 1929 at Noordschote, Third Avenue, Newton Hill, Wakefield, Yorkshire, the son of Stanley Gordon McNaught-Davis (1889–1971), an ex-Royal Flying Corps pilot then working as a bus driver, later a transport manager, and his wife ...

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Evans, Sir (Robert) Charles (1918–1995), surgeon and mountaineer, was born in Liverpool on 19 October 1918, the son of Robert Charles Evans (1882–1918), solicitor, and his wife, Edith Lloyd, née Williams (1883–1966). His father, a second lieutenant in the 15th Welsh regiment, was shot dead by a German prisoner on 24 August 1918, and ...

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FitzGerald, Edward Arthur (1871–1931), mountaineer, was born on 10 May 1871 at Litchfield, Connecticut, USA, the third son of William John FitzGerald, barrister, a British subject, and Mary, daughter of Eli White, of New York. He was educated at St Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire...

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Harris, Sir Percy Wyn- (1903–1979), colonial governor and mountaineer, was born at 1 Cumberland Road, Acton, Middlesex, on 24 August 1903, the eldest of the three sons and the second of the five children of Percy Martin Harris, managing director of a firm of builders' merchants and JP, and his wife, ...

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Haston, Duncan Curdy McSporran [Dougal] (1940–1977), mountaineer, was born on 19 April 1940 at 21 Dolphin Road, Currie, Midlothian, Scotland, the second of two children of Robert Bremner Haston (1900–1972), journeyman baker, and his wife, Margaret Curdy McSporran (1900–1967). He was educated at state schools in ...

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Hudson, Charles (1828–1865), mountaineer, was born on 4 October 1828 in Ripon, Yorkshire, the only son of Joshua Hudson, gentleman, and his wife Jane, née Abbott. He had two older sisters. He was educated at St Peter's School, York, under the Revd William Hey...

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Hunt, (Henry Cecil) John, Baron Hunt (1910–1998), mountaineer, was born on 22 June 1910 at Miss Tippet's Nursing Home in Simla, India, the elder son of Captain Cecil Edwin Hunt MC (1880–1914), of the Indian army, and his wife, Ethel Helen, née Crookshank (1884–1976)...

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Longstaff, Tom George (1875–1964), mountaineer, was born on 15 January 1875 at Summergangs Hall, Hull, the eldest son of Llewellyn Wood Longstaff (1841–1918), merchant, and his wife, Mary Lydia, daughter of Thomas William Sawyer, of Southampton. It was his father who made possible the first ...

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Mallory, George Herbert Leigh (1886–1924), mountaineer, was born on 18 June 1886 at Mobberley, Cheshire, the eldest son of Herbert Leigh Mallory (1856–1943), rector of Mobberley and later vicar of St John's, Birkenhead, and his wife, Annie Beridge Jebb. He had an elder and a younger sister and a brother, ...

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A. L. Mumm

revised by Julian Lock

Mathews, Charles Edward (1834–1905), mountaineer, born at Kidderminster on 4 January 1834, was the third of six sons of Jeremiah Mathews, a Worcestershire land agent, and his wife, Mary Guest. Of his five brothers, the eldest, William (1828–1901), educated at St John's College, Cambridge...

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Naismith, William Wilson (1856–1935), mountaineer, was born on 28 February 1856 at 26 Muir Street, Hamilton, the elder of the two children of William Naismith, physician, and his wife, Mary Anne Murray. As someone who always yearned for the outdoors, he was encouraged to explore the local countryside at an early age. At his father's instigation, at the age of four he was carried on high to look down on the hills of ...

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Noel, John Baptist Lucius (1890–1989), mountaineer and photographer, was born on 26 February 1890 at Newton Abbot, Devon, the third and youngest son of Colonel the Hon. Edward Noel (1852–1917) and his wife, Ruth Lucas (d. 1926), daughter of W. H. Lucas...

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T. G. Longstaff

revised by Audrey Salkeld

Norton, Edward Felix (1884–1954), army officer and mountaineer, was born on 21 February 1884 at San Isidro, Argentina, the second son of Edward Norton, a director of the Royal Mail and Union Castle shipping lines, and his wife, Edith Sarah, the daughter of ...

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Noyce, (Cuthbert) Wilfrid Francis (1917–1962), mountaineer and writer, was born at Simla, India, on 31 December 1917, the elder son in a family of two sons and a daughter of Sir Frank Noyce (1878–1948) of the Indian Civil Service and his wife, Enid Isabel...