Who was the gunner of the Franklin Expedition? That’s not a trick question, although it may sound like it as nobody holding the rank of gunner sailed with Erebus and Terror. However the expedition did have a gunner attached to for just over a month – between 4th March and 7th April 1845. This man’s … Continue reading The gunner of the Franklin Expedition
Before I begin, a quick note to say this posting schedule is not going to be kept up long term! I started the blog to put up what I had learned about Richard Wall, and although I may make occasional other posts about the Franklin Expedition and related things, and intend to put up anything … Continue reading Richard Wall: Proof from Greenwich
Having looked into the later history of Wall’s family, the next step was to see how much more I could find out about his own story. The records of the 1829 Ross expedition don’t have much to say about Richard Wall, but John Ross did give a summary of his previous career. He served … Continue reading Richard Wall and the 1829 Ross Expedition
The evidence that the Richard Wall who died on the Franklin Expedition had already been on both the 1929 Ross Expedition and the 1830 Antarctica Expedition gave me a real interest in Wall and his family. Clearly Wall was a tough man, who brought a great deal of experience to the Expedition. I therefore set … Continue reading Following the Wall family
This blog is to share the results of my lockdown hobby looking into the history of Richard Wall, ship’s cook on HMS Erebus during Sir John Franklin’s tragic 1845 expedition. What started me off was Roderic Owen’s The Fate of Franklin saying Richard Wall was not only a veteran of the 1839 Antarctica Expedition, but … Continue reading Looking for Richard Wall
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