Published On: Sun, Jul 19th, 2015

Family wants to know: Did cannibals eat Uncle Henry?


Members of Lady Franklin Bay Expedition Photo: National Archives


Greely embarked from Newfoundland with a crew of 25 men and officers, including an astronomer, a photographer, two Inuit dogsled drivers and a physician. Among the rank-and-file was Pvt. Charles B. Henry, whose real name was Henry Buck.

Buck was a German immigrant eager to sign up for the adventure. He was only 16 but had been on his own for a while and had no known hometown.

“He was a bit of a huckster, ” said Dr. Geoffrey Clark, a New Hampshire physician who has spent 20 years researching the Greely Expedition. “[Buck] fancied himself a writer and a newspaper reporter. Supposedly, he was a stringer for The Chicago Tribune, and he certainly wrote a lot of articles . . . meant for publication when he got back.”… Continue reading


New York Post by Kathianne Boniello

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