Oates’ axe comes in from the cold
THE ice axe carried by Captain Lawrence Oates during the doomed South Pole attempt has gone on show after more than a century.
Struck by gangrene and frostbite, Oates, pictured, died a hero when he left his tent during a blizzard in 1912 to ease the burden on his fellow explorers, led by Captain Scott. Oates’s brass compass and the Polar Medals of the five who died in Antarctica are also reunited for the first time in the display at Spink auction house in London. Patrick Cordingley, an expert on the Terra Nova mission, said the items have an ‘extraordinary resonance’.