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  Mallory and Irvine The Final Chapter: E. O. Shebbeare


Although they do not normally garner the glory of the climbers who reach the summit of Everest, there are many men who work in the background supporting climbers and making expeditions possible. Such it is with Transport Officers, those men charged with overseeing the movement of porters and the vital supplies they carry.

Edward Oswald Shebbeare was the Transport Officer on the Third British expedition in 1924 and again in 1933 (where he was also appointed Deputy Leader).  Like expedition member Captain John Noel, Shebbeare was not a climber by profession. Nevertheless he was able to reach the North Col. in 1933, at the age of 50. He could also speak to the Sherpa in their native language. 

Shebbeare had a long career in the Indian Forestry Department and served as the Chief Game Warden in Malaysia beginning in 1938. During World War II he was captured and held as a POW by the Japanese in Singapore from 1942 until his release in 1945. He was a well-regarded author and published several books on natural history.

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