THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY (WITH IBG)
Major Richard William George Hingston
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(1887–1966)
Richard Hingston, doctor and naturalist on the 1924 expedition, presided over the collection of an astonishing 10,000 animal (mostly insect) and 500 plant specimens. Although not himself a mountaineer, he managed to climb to Norton’s aid at Camp IV when Norton was struck down by snow blindness.
Irish by birth, the quiet and unassuming Hingston entered the Indian Medical Service in 1910. During World War I he served in France, East Africa, and Mesopotamia, winning the Military Cross. Hingston retired in 1927, but subsequently made expeditions to Greenland, Guyana, and Africa and continued to write extensively.
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