Commander John Robert Francis â€œFrankâ€ Wild CBE RNVR FRGS was born in Skelton in 1873.
Quoting Wikipedia :-
Frank Wild took part in the following Antarctic expeditions:
In 1901 he was a member of Robert Falcon Scottâ€™s crew as an Able seaman on the Discovery, along with Ernest Shackleton who was then a sub-lieutenant.
He was with Shackleton on the Nimrod Expedition 1908â€“1909 and was a member of the team that crossed the Ross Barrier and Beardmore Glacier at a record latitude of 88Âº23â€™S.
In 1911 he joined Douglas Mawsonâ€™s Aurora expedition and was in charge of the western base on the Shackleton Ice Shelf.
He served as Shackleton’s second-in-command on Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914â€“1916).
He was second-in-command of the Shackletonâ€“Rowett Expedition (1921â€“22).
Frank Wild was also awarded the â€˜Polar Medal with Four Claspsâ€™
On 29 September 2016 this statue by sculptor William Harling was unveiled in the Ringrose Orchard by Mr Anthony Wharton.