Letter sent from Frank Wild to his Cousin
August 1920

Francis Bickerton, James McIlroy and Frank Wild, joined in an adventure to East Africa in 1920, here is a communication from Frank Wild.


"This is a copy of the part of the original letter (sent by Wild to his cousin Margaret in 1920) which was in the possession of my late aunt, Mrs. Sheila Birks.  It was sent to her many years ago by a lady named Maureen (surname unknown), who at that time was working for the Shackleton Society?, Antarctic Society?, and had been in touch with my aunt for some time.

I hope you have fun reading the enclosure, but it makes one blush nowadays to read the colonialist's view of things. Wild's estimates of the costs are amazing. It all sounds like a Boys' Book of Adventure Stories: which well sums up the life of my great-uncle."

Yours sincerely, Rhona Schmitz

Communications and letter published here by kind permission of Rhona Schmitz - Great niece of Dr. James McIlroy - Surgeon Endurance 1914-17, Surgeon Quest- Ernest Shackleton 1921 - 1922.
 




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