Scott's early LCC blue plaque made before standardisation removed the frills

Scott’s early LCC blue plaque made
before standardisation removed the frills

Captain Robert Falcon Scott

Dates: 1868 - 1912

Profession: Exploration

Address: 56 Oakley Street, SW3

Dates at address: 1904 - 1908

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Born into a naval family Scott was groomed for the navy from a young age. Training started at the age of eleven at Stubbington House, Fareham followed by joining training ship HMS Britannia at thirteen. He passed out in 1883, aged fifteen. In 1908 he married artist Kathleen Bruce. They had a son, Sir Peter Scott.

After serving on several ships from 1883 to 1887 he enrolled at the Royal Naval College, qualifying as sub-lieutenant in 1889. From 1901 to 1904 he commanded the National Antarctic expedition on the Discovery, exploring the Ross Sea where he discovered King Edward VII Land. This resulted in his promotion to Captain in 1904. There followed several commands and a posting as assistant to the Sea Lord. Then, in 1910, he set off on his doomed second expedition on the Terra Nova. Racing against Norwegian Roald Amundsen for the South Pole he was to miss out by a month. Cut off on their return by severe illness and blizzards, the party froze to death in 1912. He was honoured with a posthumous knighthood and the opening of the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge.

Scott moved to Oakley Street with his mother and sister in 1904 after his heroic return to England and probably finished his The Voyage of Discovery here. He moved out again after his marriage in 1908.