Captain George Murray Levick, who lived near Budleigh Salterton, until his death in 1956, is to be remembered with a special exhibition next year.
The exhibition at Budleigh Salterton's Fairlynch Museum coincides with the centenary of Captain Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition of which Levick was a member.
Levick's daring tales of surviving in a snow cave for seven months have already caught the imagination of historians and students of what is dubbed the 'Heroic age of Antarctic exploration'.
This is a harrowing but fascinating story, told in the book Hell with a Capital H, based on Levick's diaries. As reviewed in the Telegraph - Limping up the glacier - it tells of the Scott expedition's Northern Party, six men who survived for six months on the bleak Inexpressible Island, confined by the weather to a snow hole in appalling conditions, psychologically as well as physically (privacy and social order was achieved through an imaginary barrier).
Levick went on to a distinguished career as a researcher, consultant, and expedition organiser who founded the British Schools Exploration Society (its history page features a photo of the six-man Northern Party). Levick was born in Nottingham; the Budleigh connection is that he lived near Budleigh in later life, and died there in June 1956, aged 79.Read more ...