The Last Letters From Scott’s South Pole Team Are Heart Breaking
On November 12, 1912, a search party found the bodies of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson and Henry Bowers. The men had journeyed to the south pole, and although they made it to their destination, they had been beaten to it by a Norwegian team lead by Roald Amundsen. On the way back, the British team succumbed to Antarctica’s treacherous conditions.
To mark the 100 year anniversary of their deaths, the letters of Scott’s team have been published in a book. They are harrowing and sad. Most of the team knew they would not return to their family and friends. The BBC writes:
Naomi Boneham, archives manager at SPRI said: “The men wrote in the hope that one day their loved ones and friends would get to read their words.
“These are some of the most poignant letters ever to be written from the polar regions….”
Scott wrote: “Great God! This is an awful place and terrible enough for us to have laboured to it without the reward of priority