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61 Polar Archive of Francis E Davies B


earnes Hampton & Littlewood, Fine Art Auctioneers of Exeter, have announced that they have been instructed to offer a number of artefacts from the


collection of Francis Edward Charles Davies (1885-1952), a Plymothian, who was the Royal Naval Carpenter and Shipwright aboard the S.S. Terra Nova and a member of many later Polar Expeditions. Davies’ name is commemorated by Davies Bay, situated


between Drake Head and Cape Kinsey which was discovered in February 1911. Francis Davies was a Plymouth man through and through.


He was born and brought up in the Lower Crabtree and Laira Green area of the city and on leaving school, attained a shipwright’s apprenticeship at the Royal Naval Dockyard, Devonport. After working in Devonport and as shipwright on H.M.S. Vanguard he heard mention of Captain Scott’s plans for an expedition to the Antarctic and that shipwrights were required. He ap- plied, was accepted and joined the British Antarctic Expedition on 30th May 1910. He immediately signed on at Poplar, London. Following the British


Antarctic Expedition, Francis Davies served aboard H.M.S. Blanche 1914-1918 and H.M.S. Exmouth in 1918. In 1919 he went to Archangel


Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood Okehampton Street, Exeter. EX4 1DU Tel: 01392 413100 www.bhandl.co.uk


in Russia and was placed in charge of docking and repairs to all shipping operating in the White Sea and Severnaya Dvina River. In 1919-20 he served in H.M.S. Sandhurst in the Baltic. He took voluntary early retirement from the Royal Navy in 1920. Between the years 1927-34 he served in increasingly senior roles in the Royal Research Ships ‘Discovery II’ and the ‘William Scoresby’ which were engaged in scientific work in the Southern oceans. Also during this period, in August 1932, he passed the Board of Trade Examination for Certificate of Competency as Master (Steamship – Foreign going). He volunteered and served in the Second World War and


was granted a Temporary Com- mission as a Lieutenant RNVR on 18th April 1940 and was appointed to H.M.S. Victory III for Special Service in Norway where he was commended for his services by the Rear Admiral, Narvik and the NOIC Harstead. He returned to this country and was transferred to RNR and the Boom Defence Department. Later promoted to Lieutenant Commander RNVR, his final appointment was as Boom Defence Officer, Grimsby. The auction will take place at St. Edmund’s Court, Exeter on 14th August. All enquiries to Brian Goodison-Blanks on 01392 413100.


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St. Edmund’s Court, Okehampton Street, Exeter. EX4 1DU T: 01392 413100 W: www.bhandl.co.uk


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A diamond three-stone ring Sold for £6,000


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