Charles Green, cook


“[Charlie] Green was the expedition cook. He worked in the galley, first aboard ship [then] on the ice, working the longest days of any on the expedition on a regular basis, from early morning till evening, preparing meals for 28 hungry men.

“Green was regarded as disorganized and scatterbrained by the rest of the men, though his conscientiousness in his job more than made up for these. He was sometimes called “Doughballs” due to his high squeaky voice and had earlier lost a testicle in an accident.

“Of Shackleton, Charlie wrote:

He was a great man in every way, with tremendous strength of character. He looked after everybody—and I never saw him lose his temper. He had a way of compelling loyalty. We would have gone anywhere without question—just on his order. His personality left its mark on all our lives.

John F. Mann

About Ernest Shackleton

Polar Explorer. Leader of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917.
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