- Discovery 1901 - 04
Charles Royds was the first lieutenant on the Discovery
Expedition, his duties were do with every day running of the ship, dealing
with the crew, ensuring they knew what their work was and that they
did it correctly.
Prior to the Discovery expedition, he had served
on the Conway, moving to the Britannia in 1890 reaching
the rank of lieutenant in 1898, immediately before joining the Discovery
he had been aboard H.M.S. Crescent the Royal nay's flagship in
He also served as meteorologist on the expedition
having trained in meteorology at the Ben Nevis Observatory in winter
Royds rose to become a Director of Physical
Training and Sports in the Royal Navy, then Commodore of the Royal
naval Barracks at Devonport and Rear-Admiral in 1926. At this time
he retired from the Navy to become a Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, London.
He held this position until his sudden death of a heart attack
during a rehearsal for the Strauss ball at the Savoy Hotel. He was
knighted in 1929 and promoted to Vice-Admiral, retired in 1930.
Received by email:
research anything to do with Langstone, Havant, where I
live. Commander Wyatt Rawson's widow came to live here after
her husband died from wounds at the battle of Tel-el-Kabir,
The Royds and Rawson's
were bankers in Lancashire and intermarried. Both families
can be found in Burke's Landed Gentry, where I think you
will find the Charles you are researching. Blanche Royds,
Mrs Rawson's sister-in-law, also came to live here until
about 1917, so I became very interested in both families.
Landmarks named after Charles Royds
Description: Dark rock cape forming the W extremity of Ross
Island, facing on McMurdo Sound. Discovered by the British National
Antarctic Expedition (1901-04). This cape was the site of the
expedition camp of the British National Antarctic Expedition,