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    • Royal Geographical Society for Antarctic Discovery 1902-1904 (descriptive name)
    • C Reginald Ford (FRIBA FRGS) (associated name)
  • Description
    Royal Geographical Society for Antarctic Discovery 1902-1904
    Awarded to C Reginald Ford (FRIBA FRGS)
    circular silver medal
    obverse: bust of Captain Robert Falcon Scott wearing naval cap facing left; inscribed band across field: JANUARY 2.1902 MARCH 5.1904; sprays of laurel in foreground; legend around: TO . CAPTAIN . ROBERT . SCOTT . RN . CVO . FRGS . COMMANDER . OF . THE. EXPEDITION
    reverse: explorer in Antarctic dress standing in front of a sledge being packed by a kneeling figure; SS 'Discovery' in ice and a sledge party in distance; in exergue: a group of penguins and seals; legend around: PRESENTED . BY . THE . ROYAL . GEOGRAPHICAL . SOCIETY . FOR . ANTARCTIC . DISCOVERY
    named on edge:
    obverse: medallist's name: GILBERT BAYES
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medal, award, N1508, Photographed by: Rohan Mills, photographer, digital, 22 Dec 2016, © Auckland Museum CC BY
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  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, N1508
  • Notes
    Royal Geographical Society Medal for Antarctic Discovery
    Medal awarded to Charles Reginald Ford.
    Charles Reginald Ford (1880-1972) born in London joined the Royal Navy from school and served on several vessels before volunteering for the Royal Geographical Society Expedition to Antarctic. Following an interview by expedition leader Robert Falcon Scott, Ford was taken on to serve as a steward and assistant to Captain Scott, with the rank of Warrant Officer. He received his Polar medals in 1904, and in December 1906 was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, on the nomination of Sir Clements Markham, KCB.

    He later returned to New Zealand where he married, and studied architecture. In 1923 he moved to Auckland and formed a partnership with WH Gummer (Gummer and Ford). He was a fellow of the Royal Society, and also became closely involved with the Auckland Museum, being appointed as Honorary Curator of English ceramics.
  • Event
    Discovery Expedition Antarctic 1901-1904
  • Person
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  • Date
    1 January 1901 to 31 December 1904
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  • Production
    Gilbert Bayes (medallist)
    [United Kingdom]Europe
    [United Kingdom]Europe
    Edward VII (1901-1910), House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, English reign
  • Signature/marks
    • GILBERT BAYES  (medallist's name)
    • C.R. FORD, R.N.  (recipient's name)
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  • Dimensions
    • 1 - Medal diameter : 74mm
    • 1 - Medal depth : 8mm
    • 2 - Box height x length x width : 26 x 110 x 114mm
  • Classification
  • Record created
    6 September 2016

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