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Michael Green

Michael C Green and Oliver Burd were killed in a hut fire at Hope Bay on 9 November 1948. There were seven on the base that year, four (F K Elliot, B Jefford, J L O'Hare and S StC McNeile) were working along the Roquemaurel and Cape Kater coast. Burd, Green and Sladen remained on base. The fire seems to have started at night when Burd and Green would have been sleeping. Bill Sladen, the base doctor, was observing a penguin rookery from a tent close by. He became aware of the devastating fire and fought to get in to the hut without success. The fire burned all night totally destroying the building, food equipment and ammunition.

Sladen tried to communicate with the survey party without success and it was sixteen days before the they returned to devastated site.

You can read more about the tragedy in this extract from Sir Vivien Fuchs' book Of Ice and Men.

Oliver Burd and Michael Green are buried near the site of the original Hope Bay hut. Their names are commemorated at Cape Burd and Gape Green on the Trinity Peninsula.

Joscelyn Davies wrote to the Trust to say that her late husband Gwion Davies, a member of Operation Tabarin,  "went to the Quaker School in Bootham, York in the 1930's. She confirmed other sources that suggested  Michael's father Thomas F Green, became Headmaster of the school in the 1950's. She enclosed a printed leaflet recording that, "Thomas F Green and Gordon are deeply grateful to the many kind friends who have helped them by their understanding sympathy.  Jessie and Michael met the challenges of life with courage and their witness was immortal."

Michael's mother Jessie Doris Green died on 4 November 1948, four days before her son Michael Cambell Green on 8 November.

Joscelyn wrote to say that her husband Gwion spoke of the "fear of fire in Antarctic and how James Marr, (Leader of Tabarin) would be constantly checking the chimney to make sure it wasn't overheating. 

"The death of Michael Green ins such a fire was a cause of much sadness for Gwion." 

James Marr first went to the Antarctic with Shackleton's last expedition in Quest.


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