Adam Ayles

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Adam Ayles (1850–1912) was an Arctic explorer who served under George Nares as the Petty Officer of HMS Alert in the British Arctic Expedition.[1]

The Ayles Ice Shelf and Mount Ayles were both named after him.

Ayles was born of an unmarried mother at Marnhull, Dorset. He left school at age twelve and worked on a farm for a few years. He joined the British navy in 1867 and served in fighting in Ethiopia that year. He served on the British Arctic Expedition from 1875 to 1876.