Oates’ axe comes in from the cold

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

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’.

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