Scott Memorial :: Shared Description

Robert Falcon Scott was born in Devonport on 6 June 1868 at his family's home, Outlands. He became a naval officer, and subsequently led the British Antarctic Expedition of 191013 in search of the South Pole. The team reached the pole in January 1912 only to learn that Norwegian Roald Amundsen and his team had beaten them to it, arriving there one month earlier in December 1911. On the journey home Scott and all his men perished.
Devonport honours the memory of the British team with the beautiful Scott Memorial at Mount Wise Park. The memorial was unveiled on 10 August 1925 by the Commodore of the Royal Naval Barracks, C W R Royds, who had accompanied Scott on a previous expedition.
The memorial is 37 feet high, with figures representing 'Courage', supported by 'Devotion' and crowned by 'Immortality'. The ideas of 'Fear', 'Death' and 'Despair' are symbolically trampled under foot. The portraits of Scott and his team, Oates, Wilson, Bowers and Evans are contained within bronze medallions inserted around the memorial. A passage from Scott's final diary entry is laid out on the ground surrounding the memorial .... "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."
The sculptor was Albert H Hodge.
The memorial was re-dedicated on 6 June 2004. It was re-dedicated once again on 23 March 2012 by the Rt Revd John Ford, Bishop of Plymouth, at a ceremony to mark the centenary of the team's expedition; the Princess Royal, HRH Princess Anne, attended the event and laid a wreath. [2]
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SX4554 : Scott Memorial by N Chadwick
SX4554 : Scott Memorial by N Chadwick


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Created: Fri, 18 Nov 2016, Updated: Fri, 18 Nov 2016

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