Dr. Edward Atkinson in His Antarctica lab

Edward Leicester Atkinson (1881–1929) was a Royal naval surgeon and Antarctic explorer who was a member of the scientific staff of Captain Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition, 1910–13.”

From National Geographic

Hat tip to Jordan C. for this image.

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michael tarver September 25, 2012 at 5:59 am

Dr Atkinson apparently died aboard an Ellerman Line ship ‘City of Sparta’ en passage between UK and India in 1929. He was a member of the ship’s medical team.
He was buried at sea. Have you any further details.

Paul Hunter August 12, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Hi Michael,

I am also looking for further details of Dr. Atkinson, I was led to believe he died aboard the Ellerman Line ship ‘City of Cairo’.
The ‘City of Sparta’ was a sailing vessel sunk in 1917 by the Germans during WW I

I believe he died of a heart attack in 1929 and was buried at sea in the Mediterranean but I am not a hundred percent sure.

Dr. Atkinson was my Great Uncle.


Paul Leicester Atkinson Hunter.

Nicola Curran November 15, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Hi Paul,

I just came across these comments and notice that you are a relative of Leicester. I am also distantly related! My gran’s aunt married Leicester, and we have been told stories about him since we were tiny. Her name is Lucy Lechmere Hunter, so I imagine a distant relative of yours?!

Nicola Curran

Julia Bayne November 24, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Ooh, Paul and Nicola, it’s a family reunion here :) )

My Gran (Jean Bayne nee Richards, Trinidad and St Vincent) was Leicester Atkinson’s niece, making him my Great Great Uncle. My side of the family has also grown up with his adventurous presence and stories.

I believe Michael Tarver (the first to comment here) is currently writing a biography to bring the stories to life again, due to be published in 2015.

Regards, Julia Bayne

Carolyn June 7, 2015 at 6:24 pm

My husband, David Atkinson is a distant relative too and his grandmother has/had books, photos, death notices from newspapers when he died, but I cannot get the connection between her. She also had a pressed leaf in the same page as where the death notices had been pasted, so I know that she had a relationship, also spoken about by my husband’s aunt. My husband’s grandfather John Lancelot Atkinson,1860, son of James Parkin Atkinson. They were a family of surgeons, living around Scarborough, trained at the same hospitals as Edward Leicester. Ooooh I wish I could find the connection. It has driven me nuts for years…
Carolyn Atkinson, Melbourne, Australia.

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