Richard Pattison

Richard Pattison

Richard Pattison, aged 45 is an officer in The Royal Anglian Regiment, the local regiment of East Anglia and the east midlands. He was introduced to mountaineering and sailing by his parents and encouraged to pursue his interest within the Army and regimentally. This has led to expeditions and opportunities across the world from Norway, to the Caribbean to the Antarctic. This will be his third Antarctic expedition but his first with artificial hips.

The allure and privilege of visiting Antarctica is hard to explain indeed "if you need to ask then you won’t understand". Its beauty defies description and is enhanced by the effort required to get there and savour its harsh rawness. The magical combination of sea, mountains, ice, rock wildlife; mood swings from calm to harsh storms its history and relevance to our future mark it out as a unique and special place. Although clearly deriving considerable personal enjoyment from these activities in both recreational and adventurous terms, he is passionate about using the opportunity to encourage others to develop and expand their own horizons - again both for personal and professional development.

He currently works at the Head quarters of the Army Recruiting and Training Division as the project officer for Leadership through The Atlantic. In his "spare" time he is restoring a 100 year old traditional Essex sailing smack (fishing boat) and hopes in due course to embark on further maritime and adventures and visits to remote shores.

Andy Mills

Andy Mills

Colonel Andrew Mills will skipper Discoverer.  When he’s not at sea he commands 12 Engineer Brigade with whom he deployed in 2005 to build the British bases in Afghanistan.

Commodore of the Royal Engineer Yacht Club, he’s an experienced ocean sailor who has skippered 6 Fastnet Races and raced across the Pacific and Indian Oceans.  In 1997 he and two others rescued a damaged yacht from South Georgia, sailing it so safety in Cape Town.

His task is to deliver the expedition safely to and from Waddington Bay, then support the shore party as best he can.  "I'm looking forward to sailing with some tremendous people in a beautiful and challenging part of the world".

And in March? It's back to Afghanistan!

Richard Clements

Richard Clements

Richard Clements, originally from Northumberland, has spent 27 years in the military seeing service on every continent of the world.

He has an enduring interest in things antarctica to the extent that his ever patient wife refers to the South as "that other woman". This is his fourth venture to the the southern polar regions. Previous trips have included the Joint Service Expedition to Brabant Island and two periods on South Georgia amounting to nine months.

Until now, his nautical experience in the South has involved canoeing; a 67 foot yacht will be a positive luxury (perhaps). By inclination and experience he is a mountaineer.

Meryon Bridges

Colonel (Retired) Meryon Bridges

Meryon served a full career with the Royal Engineers before retiring to follow a career in Industry.  His first appointment was as a Troop Commander in Aden in 1966 and he went on to serve in Australia, Gibraltar, the Falkland Islands, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia/Kuwait, and the Netherlands.

During his time in the Army he took full advantage of adventurous training opportunities and took part in many expeditions to the Himalayas.  These included expeditions to Dhaulagiri in 1974, Mt Everest in 1976 and 1992, and in 1996 he led a successful expedition to climb Gasherbrum I, the 11th highest mountain in the world, in the Karakoram, in North Pakistan.

Meryon holds a Yachtmaster Offshore qualification and is Honorary Vice President of the Army Mountaineering Association


Sam Kirby-French

Captain Sam Kirby-French

Captain Sam Kirby-French commissioned into the Royal Logistic Corps in 2002 . He has served with 17 Port and Maritime Regiment and the Commando Logistic Regiment Royal Marines. He is currently an instructor at The Defence Logistics and Supply School.

He is 29, comes from Salisbury in Wiltshire and has completed a degree in Biology at Southampton University.

Sam has completed several jungle and mountaineering expeditions. Destinations have included the Amazon, Borneo, Philippine Cloud forests, Himalayas and Guatemala. He is keen to continue to explore the wilderness areas of The World.

He mostly enjoys being outdoors, photography & sailing.

Rob Duke

Captain Rob Duke

Captain Rob Duke commissioned into the Royal Engineers in December 2004, joining 28 Engineer Regiment based in Hameln, Germany. Since joining the Regiment he has spent 2 years with 23 Amphibious Engineer Squadron, the Army's sole wide river crossing unit and has deployed on a number in exercises to Poland, Germany and Kenya.

He has recently returned from Iraq having spent 6 months working with the Iraqi Department for Border Enforcement, a rewarding if at times frustrating job. Last year he became a Royal Engineer Basic Diver and has been able to put this to good use on various tasks in Iraq.

Born in Aberdeenshire, Rob's interests include playing the Bagpipes and skiing (two great Scottish pursuits). He attended Bristol University and studied Engineering before taking 6 months to travel overland to Ethiopia with 3 friends from university. Rob is a keen sailor and enjoys offshore racing; he was fortunate to have the opportunity to skipper a yacht in the 2007 Fastnet race.

James Annear

Lieutenant  James Annear

Lt James Annear, 27, comes from Devon and joined the Army in 2005, commissioning into the Royal Army Medical Corps.  As a Medical Support Officer he has worked in Catterick with 3 Close Support Medical Regiment since 2006.

An enthusiastic mountaineer and skiier, he has spent time in the mountains of Europe, South America and New Zealand whilst trying to avoid the real world and by going to Antarctica will fulfil a long cherished dream.


Steve Ayres

Warrant Officer Second Class (WO2) Steve Ayres

Warrant Officer Class Two (WO2) Steve Ayres, 35, from Darlington, County Durham joined the army in Sept 1989 as a Royal Signals Apprentice at the Army Apprentice College Harrogate. After qualifying as a Specialist Telecom- munications Operator he has completed tours with 13th Signal Regiment (Radio), 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare), 15th Signal Regiment, 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, the Army School of Ammunition and is currently serving with the Defence Humint Unit.

This is the third BAAE expedition that Steve has taken part of. Steve was one of the successful novices selected for BAAE 01-02. Steve was part of the BAAE 05 team that completed the first crossing of the Forbidden Plateau.  For BAAE 07-08 Steve has taken on the role of the equipment manager.  “I thought that being selected to go to the Antarctic for BAAE 01-02 was a once in a life time opportunity however, I am lucky enough to be going again for the third time”

Chris Grant

Lance Bombardier Chris Grant

Lance Bombardier Chris Grant 27, is from Fairfield in Worcestershire. He joined the army in January 1997 at the army foundation college Arborfield. He successfully passed the commando course in July 1999 and at present is serving with 29 Commando Regt Royal Artillery as an artillery and naval gunfire observer. Since joining he has been on operations in Kosovo and Afghanistan and exercises in the U.S.A, Norway, Senegal, Oman to name but a few.

Chris enjoys rock climbing, skiing, swimming, cycling and travelling. Going to the Antarctic will mean he will have set foot on every continent whilst serving with the army.

Rob Hadfield

Gunner Rob Hadfield

Gnr Hadfield, 23, from Cape Town, South Africa joined the army in March 2005 and completed phase 1 training at Pirbright before joining the Royal Artillery. He volunteered for 29 CDO REGT RA and completed the All Arms Commando Course in Dec 2005. He joined his regiment in Jan 2006 and deployed to Norway on exercise to complete the Arctic Warfare Course. He then also deployed on operations to Afghanistan in Oct 06 as a forward observer.

Due to being selected for the expedition he has been able to take up sailing, which has become his new passion and also qualified as a Dayskipper.

Doctor Richard Appleby

Doctor Richard Appleby

Richard was born in Peterborough 27 years ago. After a year of seeing the world he started medicine at St. Barts and the Royal London Medical School in 1999, where he sailed and skied a lot and amazed everyone by qualifying in 2005.

He joined 256 (City of London) Field Hospital (v) in 2003, where he’s been ever since. Since qualifying, he has completed rotations in surgery, acute medicine and accident and emergency in East London. He currently works full time providing medical cover for adventurous travel companies with experience in Vietnam, China, Peru and Costa Rica. He will conduct his first operational tour in Iraq in May 2008 with 1 Close Support Medical Regiment.

This is Richard’s first Antarctic expedition. He lives for all outdoor activities and is equally at home on the hills or on the water. But his real love is windsurfing and chasing that ever elusive forward loop.

Doctor Ryan Conor

Doctor Ryan Conor

Dr Conor Ryan (27) comes from Sligo, Ireland. Having graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2002 with a bachelors degree in Geology he spent time working in for the British Antarctic Survey and as an engineering geologist before starting his doctoral studies at the University of Brighton in 2004. His PhD investigated the geological evolution of the Antarctic Peninsula over the last 90 million years and was based on a collection of samples returned by the 2001-2002 British Army Antarctic Expedition. He was awarded his doctorate in November 2007.

Dr Ryan is a keen climber, with several Alpine and Scottish Winter seasons under his belt in addition to one previous trip to the Antarctic whilst onboard HMS Endurance, and is particularly fond of icefall climbing. He has no previous sailing experience.

“For me, this expedition represents all that is great about the association between science and exploration. Antarctic expeditions throughout history have always aspired to contribute to the scientific understanding of the region and the BAAE ventures are no different. Science aside, I am looking forward to the inherent challenges of operating in a polar environment. As a complete novice sailor I am also nervously excited about the crossing of the Drake Passage! Opportunities like these do not come around often.”


Stuart Thompson

Stuart Thompson

Cpl Stuart Thompson aged 38, comes from Northumberland. He attended Berwick-upon-Tweed High School. He decided to join the RAF at 18 years of age, left at 21 years, went on to join Royal Engineers (TA) for 9 years and then enlisted back into the British Army in 2000 on FTRS, transferred to S Type 2004. He is currently based in Hameln, Germany with 28 Engineer Regiment.

He is a keen skier and has instructed on several Winter Warriors in Alpine Skiing and Touring. He has also competed in Downhill racing for the regiment. He is a keen golfer and will also be training to complete The Great North Run next year.

During the expedition Stuart will assume the roll of a deck hand on the yacht, which will be an experience to him having never sailed before. He is also a team member of the ice party which will test his touring skills. He is looking forward to the challenges that will face him during the expedition.

Martin Carey

Martin Carey

Cpl Martin Carey, ages 37 - from Lewisham, London. Martin attended the London College of Printing and Graphic Communication in Elephant and Castle. In 1989 he enlisted into the local Territorial Army (TA) Unit while working for The Royal Society of Medicine at no.1 Wimpole Street.

Martin started his (TA) career with HQ (Home Counties) Battery, 100 (Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery in their Mortar Locating Troop based in Grove Park, South East London.

After five years he transferred to 289 Commando Battery in East Ham. During the 1998 he re-badged as a Royal Engineer joining 135 Independent Geographic Squadron in Ewell, Surrey as a production technician (Printer), his civilian trade. While with the Engineers he completed two operational tours in Kosovo and Iraq, and has also been involved in military exercises in places such as Cyprus, Norway and Chile.

In 2003, on his return from Op Telic 1, he re-badged again and joined the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and is currently an armourer with 71 (Yeomanry) Signal Regiment in Bexleyheath, Kent.

Jamie Doy

Watch Leader: Rifleman (Rfn) Jamie Doy

Rfn Jamie Doy aged 18, comes from Locks Heath, Southampton.  Jamie completed his initial military training at the Army Foundation Collage in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.  During his attendance at Harrogate he was awarded a NVQ Level 2 in Maths, English and Information Technology.  Harrogate not only excels in providing academic advancement, but also concentrates on the development and mentoring of leadership through both military doctrine and adventure training.

On passing out of Harrogate after 12 months, Jamie completed Special to Arm training at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick (ITTC) in order to hone his skills and drills as a Infantry soldier.  Once Jamie had mastered the fundamental requirements to perform in the field as an Infantry soldier, he was posted to the Field Army and joined 5 Rifles stationed in Paderborn in January 07.

In July 07, despite having no previous sailing or mountaineering experience, Jamie was selected as a member of the British Army Antarctic Expedition (BAAE) and Leadership Through The Atlantic (LTTA), which is unprecedented for a soldier at such a young age. Jamie’s selection over more senior and experienced volunteers is consistent with the Army’s philosophy of identifying and maximising individual potential. He has already qualified as a Royal Yachts Association day skipper and is therefore qualified to skipper Army yachts on adventurous training expeditions in coastal waters.