It is an accepted fact that putting a group of people together in a
small space for long duration is likely to result in a certain amount
of disharmony. Expeditions ancient and modern have suffered from this,
often being publicly documented in books or television documentaries.
When Leif Mills was researching material for his biography on Frank
Wild and another on Cecil Meares he came across diaries and letters
written by Eric Marshall. No biography of Marshall has been written
to date, even though he had led an interesting life and is well known
in polar circles because he was one of the four men who reached the
farthest south in January 1909 on Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition.
In the diaries and letters Marshall commented copiously on his difficult
relationship with Shackleton. This has been referred to several times
in a number of books but never examined in detail. Using direct quotes,
many published here for the first time, Leif Mills examines the nature
of the problem and possible causes of the friction between the two men.
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