King Seymour Henry,

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* in Brighton (England), später Chigwell (Essex, England),
1900 Kensington (England)

King studierte an der Charterhouse School und am Balliol College, Oxford. Er war ein bekannter Bankier in London, Bombay und Kalkutta. Eine Unterscheidung seiner Bank war bereits 1887die Beschäftigung von Frauen als Schreibkräfte, etwas was die meisten anderen Banken nicht vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg getan haben.
König war ein abenteuerlicher Bergsteiger. Er war der erste, der den Gipfel des Mont Maudit mit William Edward Davidson und Führer Johann Jaun d. J. und Johann von Bergen am 12. September 1878 bestieg. Die Aiguille Blanche de Peuterey (Pointe Güssfeldt) erreichte er mit den Führern Emile Rey, Ambros Supersaxo und Aloys Anthamatten am 31. Juli 1885.

1878 1.Best.Mont Maudit,4465 m, (Montblancgebiet)
1883 1.Best.Egginer von der Saaser Seite,3377m, (Walliser Alpen)
1887 1.Best.Kingspitze von Westen,2621m, (Engelhörner, Berner Alpen)
1885 1.Best.Mont Collon über die Ostwand,3637m, (Walliser Alpen)
1885 1.Best.Aiguille Blanche de Peuterey über Nordwestgrat vom
Col de Peuterey,4112m, (Montblancgebiet)
1885 1.Best.Petite Dent de Veisivi vom Col de Tsarmine,3184m, (Walliser Alpen)
1886 1.Beg.Besso-Südsüdostgrat,3668m, (Walliser Alpen)
1886 1.Best.Obermominghorn (Blanc de Moming),3661m, (Walliser Alpen)
1887 1.Best.Kingspitze von Westen,2621m, (Engelhörner, Berner Alpen)
Gerd Schauer, Isny im Allgäu


SIR HENRY SEYMOUR KING, born January 4, 1852, died on November 14 of last year. With his death disappears another of the almost classical figures of the Alpine Club. Failing health and other interests had prevented for many years active participation in the life of the Club, but that he still looked kindly on its pursuits may be gathered from the letter he wrote on the occasion of the death of Ambros Supersaxo.
Seymour King was educated at Charterhouse and Balliol College, Oxford. He joined his father's well-known firm, H. S. King & Co., East India Bankers, designed to develop British mercantile relations with India; becoming sole partner on his father's deatP. in 1878.
He was Conservative Member for Hull (Central) 1885-1911, taking a prominent part in the life of the town, especially at the time of the Dogger Bank outrage by the Russia.n fleet in 1904. Created a C.I.E. in 1887 and a l{.C.I.E. in 1892, he became Mayor of Kensington in 1901 and a Lieutenant of the City of London. King was also a member of the Council of the Union Jack Club, in. which he took great interest. He was created a Baronet in the Birthday Honours of 1932. He married in 1875 Julia Mary, daughter of the Rev. Dr. John Jenkins of Montreal. She died in 1918, leaving no children. King was extremely interested in yachting; a member of the R. Y .S., Cowes, he was successful on one occasion in winning the King's Cup.
Turning to King's Alpine career, we find that he joined the Alpine Club in 1880 and was a member of the Committee from 1887 to 1890. He soon became famous as a clin1ber, being associated, we believe, in all his climbs with that great mountaineer, the late Ambros Supersaxo of Saas, a partnership lasting more than 20 years. King in his earlier years showed great activity, his first ascent of the Aiguille Blanche de Peteret on July 31, 1885, marking the end of an epoch in mountaineering. This famous peak, on which many vain attempts had been made, was the last great unsealed summit of the Western Alps. King read a very interesting account of its ascent before the Club ('A.J. 12, 431-8). Emjle Rey accompanied
the party as a volunteer, but Ambros Supersaxo led throughout.1
The hardships of two high bivouacs, one without any spare clothing, told seriously on King ; in fact he informed one of the writers that he never recovered entirely from a kind of inward chill contracted on
the occasion. This mishap undoubtedly curtailed his later Alpine career. In the same year, Mumm iii informs us, King made a new route up Mont Collon, and among many other climbs the second ascent by a new route of the N. summit and the third ascent of the highest summit of the Dents des Bouquetins (' A.J.' 13, 530- 1 ; ·20; 112- 15).
In 1885 he made the first ascent and traverse of what is now known as the Crete de Morning ('A.J.' 13, 123-4), as well as numerous other climbs among the great Pennines. In 1887 came the first ascent of point 2626 m. of the Engelhoerner, henceforth known as the Kingspitze, and of point 3069 m. of 'the Eigerhornli ('A.J.' 13, 416). His most famous climb of that year was, however, the first ascent of the Silberhorn by the N.W. arete on September 29, with Supersaxo and Louis Zurbrücken. He read a paper before the·
Club, entitled 'Three New Ascents in the Bernese Oberland' ('A.J.' 14~ 25-38). King also made the ascents of the Monch and Jungfrau in a single day.
His activity appears from Mumm to have diminished after that date, and we :find his most notable exploit to have been a new
route in 1891 on the Gspaltenhorn, attaining the usual, N.W., arete by a traverse across the E.S.E. face of the Biittlassen (' A.J.' 16, 270). .
'Seymour King belonged to a group of climbers who made Zermatt their usual rendez-vous for a part at least of each mountaineering season. I remember him as a very enthusiastic climber, and then
on a sudden he abandoned the Alps, perhaps for health reasons as stated above. The next time I met him was at Cowes taking part in yacht races. At all events, he then forsook the mountains and
I never saw him again.'
Quelle: Alpine Journal 1934, Seite 176-178

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