Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Geoffrey Wylie, OBE
Charles Wylie was organizing secretary of the 1953 expedition. Fluent in Nepali, he was in charge of the Sherpas, leading 15 of them to the South Col.
Wylie was educated at Marlborough School and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, before being commissioned into the 1st Gurkha Rifles. From the age of seven, he climbed most years in the Alps, Dolomites, or Pyrenees, as well as every year in Britain. He was British Pentathlon Champion. In the east, he climbed in the Dhaula Dhar and in Garhwal, leading an attempt on Nilkantha. A Prisoner-of-War of the Japanese for three years, he worked on the infamous Burma-Siam “death” railway. After Everest he attempted Machhapuchare (also known as the Fish Tail) in Nepal. After retirement, he worked for many years for the Britain-Nepal Medical Trust, and was Chairman of the Britain-Nepal Society.