THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY (WITH IBG)
Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Treise Morshead
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(1882–1931)
Henry Morshead, Chief Surveyor on the 1921 Everest Reconnaissance, proved such a popular and tough team member that General Bruce invited him back as a climber in 1922, when he reached 25,000 feet (7620 m) but sustained severe frostbite.
Morshead was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1901, and joined the Survey of India in 1906. In 1913 he and Capt. F. M. Bailey (later to become Political Officer in Sikkim) explored the Yarlung Zangbo Gorges, demonstrating beyond doubt the continuity of the Zangbo and Brahmaputra rivers. In 1920 he accompanied Kellas to Kamet. In 1929 Morshead was posted to Burma as local Director of the Survey of India. While out riding near Maymyo on May 17, 1931, he was murdered by a mystery attacker.
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