Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, July 7, 1915: “. . . he is no shirker and always does his share. . .”

–from Thomas Orde Lees’ diary–

“7 July. Marston is busy with his painting, working up sketches by artificial light. He is much to my liking. He is one of those solid, comfortable people, square in his nature and appearance, who inspire confidence. His genuineness and integrity are his outstanding features. He is, in a way, extremely versatile, being an excellent artist and a really good singer and actor, but he is hardly what one would call industrious, and yet when he as anything do do which necessitates calling into play any handicraft, his work is always beautifully finished.

“He will make a dog whip better than anyone, is quite a passable carpenter and, as a bootmaker, he soles and heels our ski boots far better than we could get them done by any average professional repairer. Certainly he never goes out of his way to look for work, but when it comes his way he does it thoroughly. On the other hand he is no shirker and always does his share when it is a case of ‘all hands.’”

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