THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY (WITH IBG)
Major-General John Geoffrey Bruce
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(1896–1972)
As a young Gurkha officer, Geoffrey Bruce was invited by his cousin General Bruce to serve as transport officer and interpreter on the 1922 expedition. On effectively his first ever climb, the younger Bruce achieved the remarkable feat of accompanying Finch to a then-record altitude of 27,300 feet (8320 m), using oxygen. In 1924 Geoffrey Bruce again proved an invaluable climber, carrying loads to Camp V at 25,500 feet (7770 m).
From a young soldier in the Third Afghan War of 1919, Bruce rose to become Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Indian Army. He retired in 1948.
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