Blue plaque honouring "A very gallant gentleman", Captain Lawrence Oates
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Captain Oates honoured with plaque in Leeds

The explorer who famously sacrificed his life on Captain Scott's South Pole expedition has been honoured with a blue plaque at his family's former home in Leeds.

Captain Lawrence Oates stepped outside to his death on 17 March 1912 - his 32nd birthday - to give the team a better chance at surviving their journey home.

His family lived at Meanwoodside, now known as Meanwood Park, until the 1950s, and a memorial to his grandfather has stood on the site for some years.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie said it was important to recognise Captain Oates's part "in the history of Leeds."

  • 17 Mar 2012
  • From the section UK