Final resting place of Lieut-Col Henry Worsley
In November 2015 Henry Worsley set out to pay a perilous tribute to his hero Sir Ernest Shackleton by completing a crossing of the Antarctic continent. In 1915 Shackleton’s Endurance was crushed in the ice and his plans to cross the Antarctic were thwarted. Worsley was the only person ever to have completed the two classic routes to the South Pole established by his Edwardian predecessors, Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton and had he completed the trans-Antarctic expedition solo and unsupported, he would have been the first man to do so. The former SAS officer dragged himself and his equipment more than 900 miles across the ice and not far from his goal he paid the ultimate price. After two days trapped in his tent, he was airlifted to hospital in Chile, where he subsequently died from bacterial peritonitis.
In 2014, Ice Tracks had the honour of having Worsley as their historian on their Shackleton Centenary voyage. It was on this voyage that we all got to know and love this extraordinary man and appreciate his phenomenal knowledge of all things polar.
Angie Butler co founder of Ice Tracks Expeditions who was instrumental in finding the remains in Johannesburg of Frank Wild- Shackleton’s right hand man and subsequently saw the remains interred alongside Shackleton in Grytviken in South Georgia – suggested to the Worsley family that this would also be the perfect resting place for Henry. They agreed and the Falklands government gave unprecedented permission for this to be carried out. It is with this huge honour, Ice Tracks with the Worsley family, are taking the ashes of the great man, who has recently been awarded the Polar medal posthumously, to his final resting place on the island of South Georgia, the gateway to Antarctica.