Ernest Shackleton, February 15, 1874 - January 5, 1922, was born in County Kildare, Ireland on 15 February 1874, his family originally coming from Yorkshire, England. Shackleton was initiated into Navy Lodge No. 2612 (United Grand Lodge of England) on 9 July 1901. His advancement was notably slow. Almost immediately after his initiation Shackleton joined Captain Scott’s expedition to Antarctica that aimed to be the first to reach the South Pole. Initiated: July 9, 1901 Navy Lodge No. 2612.