Robert Falcon Scott

Robert Falcon Scott

Plymouth, Plymouth Unitary Authority, Devon, England
Death 29 Mar 1912 (aged 43)
Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: Body frozen near the South Pole
Memorial ID 2791 · View Source
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Explorer. He and the other four members of his team reached the South Pole on January 17, 1912, only to discover that Roald Amundsen had arrived about a month earlier. On the return trip, all five perished. After becoming trapped and tent-bound by a blizzard, Scott, Lt. Henry R. "Birdy" Bowers, Royal Marines, and Dr. Edward Adrian Wilson died from starvation and exposure on the Ross Ice Shelf. They were 11 miles from a supply depot. They were discovered on November 12, 1912. Their bodies were left in their tent, which was then covered over with snow, and a cairn was erected to mark the spot, at approximately 178 degrees east, 79 degrees 50 min. south. As the ice shelf is moving slowly northward, it is estimated their bodies, encased in ice, will return to the Ross Sea in about 200 years.

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 26 Apr 1998
  • Find a Grave Memorial 2791
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Falcon Scott (6 Jun 1868–29 Mar 1912), Find a Grave Memorial no. 2791, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Body lost or destroyed, who reports a Body frozen near the South Pole.