|BC438M||The House of Windsor - Scott of the Antarctic Miniature Sheet Cover, unsigned||£30.00||Limited Availability|
|BC438MS2||Scott of the Antarctic Miniature Sheet Cover, Plymouth postmark, Signed Chris Bonnington||£35.00||Limited Availability|
|BC438MS||The House of Windsor - Scott of the Antarctic Miniature Sheet Cover, Signed Sir Ranulph Fiennes||£50.00||Limited Availability|
|BC438SP||Scott of the Antarctic Miniature Sheet Cover, Signed Scott, Fiennes & Bonnington||£100.00||Limited Availability|
|BC438SP2||Scott of the Antarctic M/S, Signed Scott, Fiennes & Bonnington plus extra stamp & cachet||£100.00||Limited Availability|
Issue Date: 02/02/2012
Issue Name: The House of Windsor - Scott of th Antartic Miniature Sheet Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The time of the House of Windsor has brought with it an incredible number of achievements in Britain, as well as great tests of strength and character. We therefore use this stamp issue to look at several events which to us underline courage, endurance, sacrifice and duty. This lovely cover features the House of Windsor miniature sheet along with an image of Scott of the Antartic and a Cambridge postmark. It is available signed by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Sir Chris Bonnington or Douglas Scott.
Scott of the Antarctic
On November 12, 1912 an Antarctic search party discovered what it was looking for. Half buried in the snow was the tent of Captain Robert Scott and his two companions. Inside, they found the body of Captain Scott wedged between those of his fellow explorers, the flaps of his sleeping bag thrown back, his coat open. His companions, Lieut. Henry Bowers and Dr. Edward Wilson, lay covered in their sleeping bags as if dozing. They had been dead for eight months. They were the last members of a five-man team returning to their home base from the Pole.
The British attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole gave us an epic story of nobility and self-sacrifice which has held as an example of courage to our nation for almost a century. Although the mission failed in that the Norwegian team reached the Pole four weeks ahead of Captain Scott, it does not diminish the fact that the team did reach the pole.
This is an extract from Captain Scott's diary:
Friday, March 16 or Saturday 17 - Lost track of dates, but think the last correct. Tragedy all along the line. At lunch, the day before yesterday, poor Titus Oates said he couldn't go on; he proposed we should leave him in his sleeping-bag. That we could not do, and we induced him to come on, on the afternoon march. In spite of its awful nature for him he struggled on and we made a few miles. At night he was worse and we knew the end had come. Should this be found I want these facts recorded.
Oates' last thoughts were of his Mother, but immediately before he took pride in thinking that his regiment would be pleased with the bold way in which he met his death. We can testify to his bravery. He has borne intense suffering for weeks without complaint, and to the very last was able and willing to discuss outside subjects.
He did not - would not - give up hope till the very end. He was a brave soul. This was the end. He slept through the night before last, hoping not to wake; but he woke in the morning - yesterday. It was blowing a blizzard. He said, 'I am just going outside and may be some time.' He went out into the blizzard and we have not seen him since.
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Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 3rd Baronet, OBE, commonly known as Ranulph "Ran" Fiennes, is a British explorer and holder of several endurance records. He is also a prolific writer and poet.
Sir Christian John Storey Bonington, CVO, CBE, DL is a British mountaineer. His career has included nineteen expeditions to the Himalayas, including four to Mount Everest and the first ascent of the south face of Annapurna.
Douglas Keith Scott CBE, known as Doug Scott, is an English mountaineer noted for the first ascent of the south-west face of Mount Everest on 24 September 1975.