Capt R F Scott, E A Wilson, H R Bowers, L E G Oates And E Evans

Our reference
62269
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 5 November 1915

Current location

Waterloo Place,St James,City Of Westminster,Greater London,SW1,England
OS Grid Ref.: TQ 298 803
Denomination: Unknown

Description

Sculpted figure of Captain Robert Falcon Scott wearing arctic weather clothing and fur gloves. Scott stands looking straight head and in his right hand he holds an alpenstock to which is fixed a snow basket. At his waist, attached to his belt, is a rectangular pack bag. Figure is mounted on a plinth. The inscription is on a plaque attached to the front of the plinth.

Inscription

Plaque: ROBERT FALCON SCOTT/ CAPTAIN ROYAL NAVY/ WHO WITH FOUR COMPANIONS/ E. A. WILSON, H. R. BOWERS, L. E. G. OATES, E. EVANS/ DIED MARCH 1912 RETURNING FROM THE SOUTH POLE/ 'HAD WE LIVED I SHOULD HAVE HAD A TALE TO TELL/ OF THE HARDIHOOD ENDURANCE AND COURAGE/ OF MY COMPANIONS, WHICH WOULD HAVE STIRRED/ THE HEART OF EVERY ENGLISHMAN/ THESE ROUGH NOTES AND OUR DEAD BODIES MUST TELL THE TALE'/ FROM SCOTT'S DIARY Plinth: ERECTED BY OFFICERS OF THE FLEET

Inscription legible?

Yes

Subject / Period

Non-combat deaths
Total names on memorial: 5
Served and returned: 0
Died: 5
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,rank,year died,regiment,manner of death
Order of information: Unknown

Component

Figure
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Component

Plaque
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Unknown
Listed?: No

Component

Plinth
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Unknown
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 5 November 1915
Attended by: Earl of Balfour

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: None

Trust fund / scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Other
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Unknown or N/A

Notes

The figure of Scott was sculpted by his widow, Lady Kathleen Scott, a professional sculptress. The memorial was commissioned and paid for by officers of the Royal Navy. Scott's British Antarctic expedition was a private venture for which he alone was responsible. He was a Captain in the Royal Navy and he died whilst in service. His companions, who also perished, were Capt L E G Oates, who was listed (Army List 1913) as employed with the British Antarctic Expedition since 1910 and Special extra-Regimental employment (29 March 1910); Lt H R Bowers, Royal Navy and Royal Indian Marine; E Evans, Petty Officer, Royal Navy; and Dr E A Wilson (a civilian).

Reference

LONDON'S OPEN AIR STATUARY by GLEICHEN p22-23 Source: Image Library Published:LONGMAN'S, GREEN & CO 1928 LONDON

Reference

Our Blog http://ukniwm.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/non-combat-death-the-case-of-captain-robert-falcon-scott-and-the-british-antarctic-expeditionary-team/

Reference

Buildings of England series by Various 2003 Westminster

Reference

Published:Oxford University Press 2004 R F Scott (1868-1912)

Reference

LONDON STATUES: A GUIDE TO LONDONS OUTDOOR STATUES AND SCULPTURE by BYRON, A p191, 1981 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:CONSTABLE 1981 LONDON

Reference

The Times 31 July 1914 p11, col f; 6 Nov 1915, p11, col E

Reference

Self Portrait of an Artist: From the Diaries and Memoirs of Lady Kennet, Kathleen Lady Scott by Kathleen Scott p30, 1949 Published:John Murray 1949 London

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