John King Davis
23, First Officer
Born Kew, England, 1884. Educated at Colet Court, London, and Burford Grammar School, Oxfordshire. Went to sea at 16. First Officer SY Nimrod for both voyages south in support of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907–09. Received his first command aged 25 when he succeeded Captain FJ Evans as master of Nimrod on the return voyage to England after the expedition. Second in command of Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911–14, captain on Aurora Relief Expedition 1916–17, captain Discovery and second in command in the first summer of banzare (British, Australian, New Zealand Antarctic Research) Expedition 1929–31. Director of navigation for the Commonwealth of Australia until 1949. Died 1967. Several Antarctic place names are named after him, including Davis Glacier 75°45’S. 162°45’E.