Maurice Wilson was a British soldier, amateur mountaineer, and aviator. Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, he enlisted in the British army at the age of eighteen to fight in the First World War. Upon returning from the war in 1919, Wilson traveled to London, the US, and New Zealand looking for work and working a number of jobs that would later fund his adventure to India and Tibet.
Wilson later bought a small plane and earned his flying license which allowed him to successfully fly from Britain to India. He failed to get permission to enter Tibet on foot, but with the help of three sherpas, he and his new friends disguised themselves as monks and entered Tibet.
They reached the Rongbuk Monastery on April 14th, 1934 and stayed there for two days before venturing off to Everest. Wilson returned to the monastery once due to extreme weakness before setting out for his last attempt; he did not want to return to Britain without succeeding. On May 29th, 1934, he set out for the last time. His last diary entry on May 31st, 1934 simply reads "Off again, gorgeous day."
After Wilson failed to return, news of his death spread.
In 1935, Eric Shipton led a small expedition to Mount Everest where he found Wilson's body lying on its side in the snow. Wilson's diary was also discovered, which revealed how little experience Wilson had in climbing. The body was buried in a nearby crevasse, it was determined that he died due to starvation or exhaustion. Wilson's body was preserved by the elements of Everest. Like the other bodies found on the mountain, the cold wind and snow created natural mummies.
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