Robert Atkinson and John Anderson lost their lives on the Shambles Glacier, near Rothera on 16th May 1981. Robert's skidoo had broken down and he was travelling on the back of John Anderson's. They were following a track to base but encountered bad weather and seem to have strayed from the track falling into a crevasse. Their bodies were never recovered. There is a single memorial cross on Rothera Point,
Robert's sister Margaret Pritchard has written to say that Robert trained as a chef at Rotherham Catering College where he gained "all his certificates". He worked at hotels in Sheffield, Doncaster and London before joining the British Antarctic Survey.
Robert Atkinson's father Eric has been in contact with the Trust and wrote to say that Robert was "25 years, three months and 27 days when he lost his life."