Where a captain sowed his wild Oates

History remembers Captain Oates as a man who valiantly gave up his own life so others had a chance to live, he walked into the endless white of Antarctica with a “I am just going outside and may be some time” and was never seen again. His leader, Captain Scott wrote: “We knew that poor Oates was walking to his death, but though we tried to dissuade him, we knew it was the act of a brave man and an English gentleman”.

This “English gentleman”  is a Putney lad, born and raised not far down the Upper Richmond Road from 1880, with one of the many blue plaques of London placed there to commemorate this small but notably piece of history situated with our borough – you can see a close up and a wonderfully evocative full-sized portrait shot of the man too below.

So, the next time you find yourself sat on the 430, or wandering back from Putney Leisure Centre make sure you glance up at the small and simple remembrance of a local man who paid the ultimate sacrifice for his courage to try and conquer the world.

The blue plaque commemorating Captain Lawrence Oates

Large close up of Captain Oates


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