Ernest Joyce (c. 1875 – 1940) was a Royal Naval seaman and Antarctic
explorer who served under both Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton
in the early years of the 20th century. Joyce entered the navy as a boy
seaman in 1891; his Antarctic experiences began in 1901 when he joined
Scott's Discovery Expedition. In 1907 Shackleton recruited him to take
charge of dogs and sledges on the Nimrod Expedition, a role he performed
with distinction. Thus Shackleton employed him in a similar capacity in
1914, as a member of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition's Ross Sea
party. Despite Joyce's acknowledged heroism during that expedition, it
ended his exploring career, although he made attempts to join other
expeditions. An abrasive and sometimes truculent character, his
effectiveness in the field was nonetheless widely acknowledged. He was
awarded a lifesaving Albert Medal and a Polar Medal with four bars, but
Joyce made no significant material gains from his exploits, living out
his post-Antarctic life in humble circumstances before dying suddenly in
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