Campbell, Victor Lindsay Arbuthnot - Lieutenant
(1875 - 1956) - Biographical notes

First Officer - Lieutenant, R.N. - Terra Nova 1910-13


Born in Brighton, England, Campbell served initially in the merchant navy before receiving a Royal Navy commission in 1895. He resigned this in 1901 and lived the life of a country gentleman before joining Scott on the Terra Nova.

Campbell led an Eastern Party of 6 men to carry out scientific work, failing to find a landing site, they returned westward again when he met Roald Amundsen on the Fram in the Bay of Whales. On return Campbell's party became the Northern Party, built a hut and wintered at Cape Adare in 1911. They were transferred about 250 miles by the Terra Nova to Evans Cove with enough sledging rations for 6 weeks and the intention of staying 2 weeks before being picked up again. Sea ice conditions meant that the ship could not reach them and they had to over-winter again. An ice cave was excavated on Inexpressible Island and a miserable winter ensued, rations being extended with the occasional seal or penguin that could be killed.

They left at the end of winter on the 30th of September 1912, heading for Cape Evans, crossing 200 miles of sea ice to arrive on the 7th of November. Campbell assumed command of the Terra Nova after being told of the death of Scott and the Polar Party as he was the senior remaining naval officer.

Campbell was decorated for his part in the WW1, rose to the rank of Captain and was awarded the OBE, he migrated to Newfoundland in 1922 where he farmed and fished, he died in 1956.

20 August 1875 - 19 November 1956

Campbell - right, with Priestley
Campbell - right, with Priestley

Campbell and Priestley afloat on pancake ice

Campbell and Priestley afloat on pancake ice

Landmarks named after Victor Campbell

Feature Name: Campbell Glacier and Campbell Glacier Tongue

Type: Glacier
Latitude: 74°25'00S
Longitude: 164°22'00E
Description: A glacier, about 60 mi long, originating near the S end of Mesa Range and draining SE between Deep Freeze Range and Mount Melbourne to discharge into N Terra Nova Bay. The lower end of the glacier was observed by the Northern Party, led by Lieutenant Victor L.A. Campbell, Royal Navy (RN), of the British Antarctic Expedition (BrAE), 1910-13. The extent of the glacier and its discharge into N Terra Nova Bay, rather than the Nansen Ice Sheet.
 
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