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James William Slessor Marr

James William Slessor Marr (1902 – 30 April 1965) was a Scottish marine biologist and polar explorer.[1]

Marr was born in Aberdeenshire. He and Norman Mooney were two Boy Scouts who were selected by Sir Ernest Shackleton to join him on the Shackleton–Rowett Expedition in 1921, on board the vessel Quest.[2] He later wrote the book Into The Frozen South (1923) about his experiences.

He took part in the British Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition with Sir Douglas Mawson. He went on to become a marine biologist, taking part in the Discovery Investigations, specialising in Antarctic Krill.

Lieutenant Marr led Operation Tabarin during World War II. It was a small British Antarctica expedition launched from the United Kingdom in 1943 to the Antarctic to establish permanently occupied bases. Marr led the overwintering team at Port Lockroy in 1944.


  • Honours and awards 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Honours and awards

  • 7 October 1941 - Clasp to the Polar Medal (Bronze) - for good services between years 1925-1939, in the Royal Research Ships "Discovery II" and "William Scoresby": James William Sleesor Marr, Esq., M.A., B.Sc. (now Temporary Lieutenant, R.N.V.R.), H.M. Ships Discovery II and William Scoresby.[3]
  • 30 November 1954 - Polar Medal - For good services with the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey in Antarctic expeditions: Temporary Lieutenant-Commander James William Slessor Marr, R.N.V.R., Base Leader, Port Lockroy, 1944.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Dr. James Marr, 62, A Polar Explorer" (PDF).  
  2. ^ Walker, C. R. "The Shackleton-Rowett Expedition and the Quest". "Johnny" Walker's Scouting Milestones Pages. Archived from the original on 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 35300. p. 5785. 7 October 1941. Retrieved 2008-12-05.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 40339. p. 6790. 30 November 1954. Retrieved 2008-12-05.
  • Oxford Biography Index
  • Aberdeen University

External links

  • James Marr, Into The Frozen South (1923)
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