Memorial: M4724

Statue in Waterloo Place, London depicting Captain Robert Falcon Scott RN d. 1912

Location

Waterloo Place, London, England

Transcript

'ROBERT FALCON SCOTT / CAPTAIN ROYAL NAVY / WHO WITH FOUR COMPANIONS / L.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' [On base] 'ERECTED BY THE OFFICERS OF THE FLEET'

Details

Description: Full-length statue in polar clothing.
Type: Statue
Materials: Bronze
Artists: Kathleen Scott

People

Scott, Robert Falcon
Age: 43
Date of Death: 29/3/1912
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Captain
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Neg C1708/17. PRO20-127. Paid for by naval officer's subscription. Comments from Admiral Beaumont MS 2 SPRI (he wanted a figure in naval uniform.)

There are several memorials to Scott around the United Kingdom and abroad. These include the sledge flag from his first expedition, in Exeter Cathedral, Exeter, Devon, a memorial at Cardiff City Hall, Wales, a memorial in Harbour Drive, Cardiff Bay, Wales, a stone cairn at Glen Prosen, Angus, Scotland, a memorial window in St Peter’s Church, Binton, Warwickshire, commemorating Captain Scott and his companions, and a statue in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Bibliography: Arthur Byron 'London Statues: a guide to London's outdoor statues and sculpture' (London, 1981) p. 191. TNA WORK20/127. Max Jones 'The last Great Quest' (Oxford, 2003) pp.154-5.
Photographer: © RMG E9053