Less than a day later, Worsley set out to rescue the other members of the lifeboat party. When they finally reached the remaining men on Elephant Island after four attempts over four months, they found all of them still alive.
Worsley joined Shackleton again in 1921 as navigator and hydrographer on the expedition ship Quest. It was on this voyage that Shackleton died in South Georgia on 5 January 1922. It was also Worsley’s last expedition to Antarctica, but he wrote and lectured on his Antarctic adventures for many years to come.
Worsley died in February 1943, weeks before his 72nd birthday, and was honoured with a full naval funeral. His ashes were scattered at sea.
His legacy lives on in Akaroa, where he is commemorated with a bronze bust and the Akaroa Museum shares many details on his life.