Be Inspired at RGS



Be Inspired at RGS

In May, I attended an excellent talk on the many lives of John Morris, given by Donald Johnson, which I found most interesting.  My association with Morris had been through my father and the 1922 Everest expedition, so I was able to learn more about the man, and the different aspects of his life and career, of which I had previously been unaware. These pioneer Everest expedition members had been heavily influenced and moulded by their experiences in the first World War, as Wade Davis so graphically described in his book, Into the Silence. ISBN 978-1-847-92184-0.  Davis writes that Morris had not succumbed to the war fever which swept London in the summer of 1914; he felt no urge to answer the summons to serve his country.  But serve he did, later transferring to the Indian Army, where he was involved in the most horrible tribal warfare. But it was there that he learned the local languages, and the ways of the natives, which made him an ideal candidate for the position of transport officer.  Thus, he arrived in Darjeeling in the Spring of 1922 to join the second expedition to Mount Everest.  So, from the greatest war to date to the greatest mountain, Morris was ready to accept the challenge.





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