Monday, 8 August 2011

Boy killed by polar bear is grandson of former Gibraltar Governor

GIBRALTAR (GibChronicle) Horatio Chapple, 17, an aspiring medical student, who was killed when the animal rampaged into the tent in which he and his friends were sleeping on a glacier in Svalbard, Norway is former Governor Sir John Chapple’s grandson. His friends, Patrick Flinders, 16, and Scott Smith, 17, were injured fighting off the bear, as were the expedition guides, Michael Reid, 29, and Andrew Ruck, 27. Patrick is said to have punched the bear on the nose before it was shot dead by other members of the group. Horatio’s grandfather, Sir John Chapple, 80, was the head of the Army from 1989 to 1992, Governor of Gibraltar from 1993 to 1995, and is the former president of the British Schools Exploring Society, which organised the trip.

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