George Herbert Leigh Mallory

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George Herbert Leigh Mallory

Birthplace: Mobberley, Cheshire East, UK, Mobberley, Cheshire East, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Nepal
Immediate Family:

Son of Herbert Leigh-Mallory and Annie Beridge Leigh-Mallory
Husband of Ruth Ruth Mallory
Father of Frances Claire Leigh Millikan; Beridge 'Berry' Mallory and John Leigh Mallory
Brother of Annie Victoria Longridge; Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory KCB, DSO & Bar and Mary H Brooke

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About George Herbert Leigh Mallory

George Herbert Leigh Mallory (18 June 1886 – 8/9 June 1924) was an English mountaineer who took part in the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest in the early 1920s.

During British Mount Everest Expedition 1924, the third British attempt on the world's highest mountain, Mallory and his climbing partner Andrew Irvine both disappeared somewhere high on the North-East ridge during their attempt to make the first ascent or descent of the world's highest mountain. The pair's last known sighting was only a few hundred metres from the summit.

Mallory's ultimate fate was unknown for 75 years, until his body was finally discovered in 1999 by an expedition that had set out to search for the climbers' remains. Whether or not they reached the summit before they died remains a subject of speculation and continuing research.

Mallory is famously quoted as having replied to the question "Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?" with the retort: "Because it's there", which has been called "the most famous three words in mountaineering". There have been questions over the authenticity of that quote, and whether Mallory had actually said it. Some have suggested that it was a paraphrase by a newspaper reporter, but scrutiny of the original report in the New York Times leaves this unresolved. The phrase was certainly consistent with the direct quotes cited in the New York Times report, so it cannot be said to misrepresent Mallory's attitude.

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Wykehamist War Service Roll 1916 p 98 - Mallory G H L COLL 00-05 2nd Lieut., RGA

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George Herbert Leigh Mallory's Timeline

June 18, 1886
Mobberley, Cheshire East, England, United Kingdom
September 18, 1915
Age 29
Guildford, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Age 30
August 21, 1920
Age 34
June 8, 1924
Age 37