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Royal Marine to swap Isle of Wight for Antarctica

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 11:22

A ROYAL Marines officer from Sandown will take part in an expedition to Antarctica, following in the footsteps of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Major William Macpherson, known as Molly, is a Royal Marines mountain leader with experience in all conditions, from desert to jungle, and over five years combined time in Norway training in Arctic conditions.
The 52-year-old father of four will be joining ten other adventurers from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines for the six-week endurance expedition, departing this month.
Exercise Antarctic Endurance aims to inspire a new generation of sailors and marines to seek adventure but it will also provide the Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence with research into team dynamics and leadership.
Maj Macpherson said: "This is a unique experience of the Antarctic environment; it’s an unparalleled physical and mental challenge and an incredible adventure with a very special team.
"There will be a deep sense of achievement when we reach our goal after the last two years of training and commitment to the project."
The journey will follow the same route travelled by Sir Ernest Shackleton and his companions 100 years ago.
Maj Macpherson joined the Royal Marines in 1980 and served in the Falklands Conflict, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Having established the Isle of Wight Royal Marines Association, Maj Macpherson will leave the service and become a civilian when he returns from the expedition.

 


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