Tom Crean: informal and formal

2pix2Two very different views of Tom Crean.

On the left he is seen at Cape Evans, Ross Island, Antarctica in 1912. This was shortly before he was to embark on the expedition to discover the bodies of Captain Robert Scott and his colleagues who had failed to return from the South Pole.

On the right Crean is shown in a formal portrait taken in July 1913. He wears his Petty Officer’s uniform and on his breast are the Polar and Albert Medals which he had just been awarded by George V at Buckingham Palace, London.