FIDS - Signy Island Base H

 60°:43'S, 45°:36'W occupied year round - 18/03/47-13/04/96 summer only since 1996

The naming of Signy
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Signy 60th Anniversary 1947-2007 pictures submitted (over 600)
1985-86 - pictures of people and the base
Manhauling trip to the Sandefjords in 1969 - pictures and story
Summer season - 2017-18

Base H frozen in
Winter 1975
Photo - Gordon Picken
The Base in 2003
Summer 2003
Picture - Simon Coggins

Don Taylor (Rothera, Halley, Signy, Faraday, South Georgia - 1984/85, 1993-2004)  Willingham, Cambs


Brian Beck (1957/58) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada   

Jim Stammers (1958 - 59) - Kelsall nr. Chester

Dog Training, 1958 Jim's pictures


David Allan (Spanner) Spencer- Signy Island, Deception Island - 1966 to 1969 - Blackpool  Was on Deception Island at the time of the 1969 eruption 

David's pictures

Malcolm E.A. Bedells (Summer 1966/67) - Market Rasen Lincs

Owen Darling (1969, 1970) - Ashford , Kent   

John "Percy" Edwards (Base H, Signy Island - South 1967 to 1970) - Shirley Solihul  West Midlands UK   I was a botanist studying the 2 Antarctic flowering plants hence nicknamed after TV's Mr Percy Thrower!  Also pleased to see that an article I wrote years ago on a man-hauling trip we did to climb the Sandefjord Peaks has ended up on this site: preserved forever in cyberspace.

John Edward's and Martin Pinder's account of the ascent.

Charles Howie (Deception / Signy - 1963, 64, 65, 66) - Edinburgh   I did one year at Deception, base B, then moved to Signy for a second one.

Bill Taylor (Deception, Signy, Adelaide, T, Fossil Bluff - 1967 1968 1969 1970) - Rhydlewis Ceredigion

Harry Taylor  nic Buck (1967 - 1970) - Oldham Gtr Manchester   Was RO at this time and at the age of 79 am trying to find pics taken during this period as sadly all my collection was stolen.


Chris Amos (1972 & 1973) - King's Lynn, Norfolk  Just been to the Signy 60th reunion, didn't even know about this website, what a great idea.

Les Banks-Irvine (Signy, John Biscoe - 1977-1980) - Barmouth Wales   Signy as boatman / builder, and then a years as 4th engineer on the Biscoe.

John Caldwell (1976, 1977) - Skipton - email

Ted Evans (summer 72/73 - South Georgia, Halley, Signy) - Yorkshire   Worked on south G slipway with Big Al.. then new base at Halley & then to Signy (genny shed base) where I broke my leg & had a nice voyage back with my leg in plaster.

Albert Hart (Summer 71/72) - Blandford, Dorset    Builder - Wintered KEP 1971

Tim Hooker (1971-74) Bristol  email 

Peter Jennings (Signy Island - 1971-1973) - Wales   I wished to confirm the names of those I shared close quarters with for between a few months and a couple of years, though the latter were not much in doubt.

Field hut at Foca
Peter's pictures

Brian Kellett - "Mollusc" (1972/1973). Rhossili, Gower 

Clive Palfrey (1972, 73). Adelaide South Australia  email

Jay Rushby  (70-72) - London  email  Halley Bay/Signy Island

Paul Thorpe (1974-75) - Grimsby  email  Radio Operator

Ray Townley-Malyon (1970) - email  Glenluce. Scotland 

Field hut at Foca
Ray's pictures

Terry Whitaker (Base H, John Biscoe, Bransfield) -  Bentham UK - 2 winters 1971-74 on Signy Island. Served on Bransfield as supernumerary 1974 & 1976 but mainly as a biologist on the John Biscoe 1975 to 1983. Have just bought the John Biscoe ships launch. Look out for an update on this project.


Dennis Allsopp (1980) - email  Northampton UK,  Summer jolly merchant on Signy from Aston University. Microbiology/ecology.

Field hut at Foca
Dennis's pictures

Geoff Collett - (1984/1985)  email  Godmanchester, Cambs

Jeremy Colman (Jez) - (1989, 1990) - Perth, Western Australia   

Neil Fitch - (1980 and 1981) email Suisun City California USA. Marine Biologist, winter BC (1981)

Bob Forster (Grytviken; Signy Is. 1979-81; 1981-82) - Truro, Cornwall   

John Barry Gallagher (Signy - 1980 to 1983) - Penang Malaysia  -  

Bob Handley - (1981) Oxford email I still can't find find my blue FID shirt.

Pete Hizzett "The Admiral"- (1982-86) email  Burghead Scotland

Tom Lachlan-Cope (1978,1979 - Halley, 1980 - Signy)  email  Cambridge

Gavin Lishman - (1981) Bourne, Lincs email

Hector MacAlister - (1988/1989) Glasgow,    Also Husvik, South Georgia 1990-95

Conor Nolan, "Deso"- (1988), Dublin, Ireland  email

Kevin Puttock  (1987/ 1988)  Staplehurst Kent email  Would like to hear from any Signy people

Mark Robson, "Jobby" - (1983 - 84) South Shields, email

Ray Stirton (Signy 79/82, Bransfield, J Biscoe) - Perth, Scotland   Just read that Bransfield was scrapped, such a sad feeling as many a fun night with Fids and crew. To anyone who might like to get in touch or send a message and to all, good luck for the future. Best time of my life ever, I cant see anything beating the time on ships and base and so great and wonderful friends.

Paul Ward - "Hos" (1985/1986). Great Paxton, Cambridgeshire - webmaster of

Andrew Wormald - (1988 to 1991)  Dubai UAE  email


Paul Brazier - (1990/ 1991)  Bangor, North Wales

Matt Chalmers -  (1991/92/93)  Paris  email  Was that really 20 years ago?

Jeremy Colman (Jez) - (1989, 1990) - Perth, Western Australia   

Joe Corner (Halley, Bird Island, Signy - 2008, 2010, 2011) - Crewe Cheshire    I am from Crewe in Cheshire, and wintered at Halley in 2008, Bird Island 2010, and summered at Signy 2010/11. I was electrician on all 3 bases.

James Hurley (Big Jim and Abe) - (Signy, Halley & Bird Island - 1988-1991, 1996, 1997) - Bristol, UK   

Amanda Lynnes (Port Lockroy - 2002-2003) - Cockermouth, Cumbria  Was also at Signy 1996-2001.

Brian Mallon - (1991-92 / 1994) Glenavy, Co. Antrim 

Damon Stanwell-Smith - (1993/1994)  Greenwich, London, UK.  email  Now running a marine consultancy. Still miss the early morning view to Coronation though.

Tom Walsingham (Signy - 92 to 94) - Oxford email Electrician 92-94 the privilege of adventure during youth.

In Memoriam
Former Fids previously registered on this page who have sadly passed away

Bill Block, 1945-2023 - BAS HQ - Summers only, 1971-72 Visiting scientist at Signy from University of Leicester 1976-97 Senior biologist with BAS, head of Terrestrial Biology Section.

Ray Berry - Deception, Signy, Argentine Islands - 1951, 52, 54, Meteorologist.

Les Graves - 1967- 70.

Barry Heywood - Signy, Rothera, Halley, John Biscoe, JCR - 1962-1997.

Martin Pinder - Snoopy at Halley, Cookie at Signy - 1968-1972, - Fantastic site fond unforgettable memories.

  Trying to find... To use this option, fill in the registration form, but include your own name and email as a contact, requests kept online approx. 2 years.

  I'm sure I did this already... every now and then I send out emails, a proportion of these bounce back as "not found", often because it was a former work email or an ISP that no longer exists, as there is no longer any way to make contact I delete the record to keep things as current as I can..

  Who runs Cool Antarctica?