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Gary my son-in-law, who is a butcher at Sainsbury’s, (Chiswick,) is interested in the Antarctic. One day he was talking to one of his customer, Judy, who said that she had written a book about her grandfather's time in that area. So that's how I got this speaker

Reginald Skelton was born in Lincolnshire 1872, at 15 he joined the Royal Navy, and went to the Naval Engineering College at Dartmouth, before serving on HMS Centurion. He then became a superintendent in the building of the Discovery.

In 1901 he joined Captain Scott on the ship (Discovery), as one of its engineers, going to the Antarctic. Soon to be acting as the Chief Engineer, and also became the expedition's photographer.

This expedition lasted three years, his journals and photographs, he kept in this time gave the world an in-depth look at this unknown world .

Skelton also left his mark behind in Antarctica, as four land marks were named after him, (a glacier, a levee, inlet and an icefall)

This expedition started an age of Antarctica Exploration, from 1900 to 1917 there were 17 expeditions from 10 countries, and 19 explorers died.

When Reginald returned home (1903) Sybil Devenish-Meares, his fiancée was waiting for him. They married and went on to have 3 children.

He then joined the submarine service (what a change, the wide open spaces of Antarctica to the claustrophobia of a sub) serving on HMS Superb. At the outbreak of WW1 he was on HMS Agincourt taking part in the Battle of Jutland, and being awarded the DSO.

Later in 1923 he was promoted to Engineering Rear Admiral. 5 years later became Engineering Vice Admiral on his appointment to Engineer In-Chief of the Fleet, until his retirement in 1932

He then joined the Board of Thornycroft until his death at the age of 84 What a man I would have loved to meet him.

The UCVC meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Windsor Room, Uxbridge Conservative & Social Club, 46 Harefield Road, Uxbridge. UB8 1PJ (sometimes varies in December) starting at 20:00.

19 March 2019 - Talk by: Andrea Cameron - Hounslow Past & Present

19 February - Talk By: Judy Skelton - Journal From The Antarctic (Reginald Skelton)

Malcolm Terheggen