Captain Lawrence Oates and Siberian ponies on board “Terra Nova”
Photograph by Herbert Ponting, 1910; a part of the collection at The Queen’s Gallery, which is showing an exhibition of Antarctic photography from the Scott and Shackleton expeditions.
Beaten to the pole by Roald Amundsen, Scott’s entire party perished on their return journey. Oates, in particular, suffered from badly frostbitten feet and from scurvy.
Realizing that he was holding back the rest of the party, Oates arose on the morning of March 16th, 1912, and without bothering to put on his boots, he walked out of his tent into a raging blizzard and temperatures of -40 degrees Celsius. His body was never found.