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Wilfrid Noyce
(December 31, 1917 - July 24, 1962) U.K.

Wilfrid Noyce

Mountaineer

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Born Cuthbert Wilfrid Frank Noyce at Simla, the elder son of Sir Frank Noyce, he was educated at Charterhouse where he rose to be Head Boy. After his love affair with John Menlove Edwards, Noyce went to King's College Cambridge with a classical scholarship in 1936.

Here he started a relationship with Arthur Cecil Pigou, an economist and Fellow of the college. Pigou introduced Noyce to rock-climbing and took him to the Alps. Both joined the Friends' Ambulance Corps at the start of World War II.

After the war, in which he served latterly as a Captain in the Intelligence Corps, he returned to Charterhouse as a member of the staff. He found the time to serve the local community of Godalming as a member of the Borough Council and was appointed Chairman of the Library Committee, in which capacity he served for four years. In 1950, Noyce married and had two sons.

His role in the successful ascent of Mt Everest in 1953 is fully documented in his book South Col. It was in 1962 that he set out on the last fatal expedition, the British-Soviet climb in the Pamirs. Wilfrid Noyce died as the result of an accident on the mountain following the successful ascent of Mt Garmo in the Pamirs.

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