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George Herbert Leigh Mallory - 19th May 1916.

Herschel House, Herschel Road

History of Herschel House


Rev John Bascombe Lock, Senior Fellow Gonville and Caius College

Herschel House


In 1923 the celebrated climber George Herbert Leigh Mallory was employed at the Extra Mural Studies Department of the university. He is known to have been living at Herschel House in February 1924.

The portrait of Mallory dated 19.5.1916 would have been taken just a few days before he was deployed in France with the Royal Garrison Artillery for the first time.

It was in June of that year he went missing on the north slope of Mount Everest.


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