Capt L E G Oates

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Memorial type
  • Unveiled : 17 March 2012
Current location

Green Road,Meanwood Park,Leeds,West Yorkshire,LS6,England
OS Grid Ref.: SE 283 360
Denomination: Unknown


Blue plaque. Circular plaque with raised lettering, mounted on external wall.


"A VERY GALLANT GENTLEMAN"/ To commemorate/ Captain lawrence E. G. Oates/ a member of Capt. Scott's expedition/ to the South Pole 1910-1912/ a frequent visitor to Meanwoodside,/ the Oates family home./ Died 17th March 1912

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Non-Combat Deaths
Total names on memorial: 1
Served and returned: 0
Died: 1
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,rank,year died,additional
Order of information: Unknown


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


Date: 17 March 2012
Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries


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Comments: None

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Captain Lawrence Oates was a serving officer who had seen action in the Second Boer War with the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons, during which time he received a wound to his leg. On 1st November 1911 he was one of the party led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott to set out in the attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole. The party succeeded in reaching the Pole on 18th January 1912, only to find the Norweigian explorer Roald Amundsen had been there before them. Captain Oates suffered severe frostbite to his feet and legs on the return journey and, fearing his health was a burden on the other members of the party and was slowing their progress, on 16th March 1912 he left the tent in which they were sheltering with the words "I am just going outside and may be some time". Captain Oates is thought to have died on 17th March 1912, the date of his 32nd birthday. Captain Oates' family home was in Meanwoodside (now Meanwood Park), Leeds.

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