United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
  The Imperial War Museum

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

Our Ref: 62269

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Photos

Capt Robert Falcon Scott (©ukniwm, 2011)

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Address

Waterloo Place
St James
GREATER LONDON
England
SW1
 
Type: Sculptured/Cast Figure
Other Location Details:

East side

OS Map Ref: TQ 298 803

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

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
FIGURE BRONZE       Good
PLAQUE         Good
PLINTH         Good

Physical 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.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

War Non-Combat Deaths
Total names on memorial: 5
Served & Returned 0
Died 5
Is this an exact count? Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered? Not known
What information is listed on the memorial? surname, rank, year died, regiment, manner of death
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial? Yes

Maintenance

Are the letters difficult to read? No
Who is responsible for the memorial?

Maintenance History:

Ceremonies

Date: 5 November 1915
RolePerformed By
Unveiled Earl of Balfour

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type: Other
Did this include a trust or scholarship? No
Did this include a roll of honour? NOT APPLICABLE
Cost of Site: Not known
Cost of Memorial: Not known
Comments on Costs:

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
Lady Scott (Kathleen Scott) Sculptor

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

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).

Comments:  
Photographs: Y
Other Documents: None
Form / Letter: F
Negatives: No
Drawings / Plans: No
Minutes: No
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
LONDON'S OPEN AIR STATUARY GLEICHEN 1928 p22-23  
Buildings of England series Various   2003 Westminster
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography   2004   R F Scott (1868-1912)
LONDON STATUES: A GUIDE TO LONDONS OUTDOOR STATUES AND SCULPTURE BYRON, A 1981 p191, 1981  
The Times     31 July 1914 p11, col f; 6 Nov 1915, p11, col E  
Self Portrait of an Artist: From the Diaries and Memoirs of Lady Kennet, Kathleen Lady Scott Kathleen Scott 1949 p30, 1949  
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