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Lest We Forget

Posted by Conservators Apr 27, 2012

Author: Stefan
Date: 25-04-2012
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Today Scott Base held a service in remembrance for all the brave Antipodean men and women who have served in conflicts around the world. Anzac Day, first held in 1916, has a strong focus on the thousands who fought and died in Gallipoli  fighting the Turkish. But with New Zealanders and Australians still serving around the world, the emotive effect of the day is still very present and humbling.

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Simon (Base Leader) raising the flag from half mast. © AHT/Stefan

 

Back in the UK I have been involved in the restoration and conservation of many war memorials, and with military service in my family history, I’m always taken aback by how sad and grateful I am for the greatest sacrifice, that continues to be made around the world.


War had its impact on the expeditioners in Antarctica. The diminishing British Empire seeking pride in the achievements of both Shackleton and Scott, applied an undesired pressure on their progress. Lawrence “Titus” Oates served with 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons in the Boer War and was severely injured (a gunshot shattering his left leg and foreshortening it by an inch, once healed). Some historians believe that this war wound greatly affected Oates’ chances of making the return journey to Cape Evans.

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Painting of Lawrence Oates’ last moments by John Charles Dollman