I do not think I can write anymore. The entry is dated the 29th but no one can really be certain of the date Scott wrote these famous words, or the time of death that followed – but most writers report it as the 29th or 30th. Who died first is not recorded in Scott’s notes and so speculation and debate abound. The common position is that Scott was the last to die. When found he was lying in the middle of Wilson and Bowers and while they were wrapped in their bags Scott had opened his and also opened his clothing. The assumption being that he wished to speed the end. Huntford disagrees and thinks that Bowers was the strongest and would have been last to die. Scott’s final entry is as powerful as his message to the public and ends with a repeat of his previous concerns for the wellbeing of those left behind. Terra Nova arrives in new Zealand, Campbell camps for the winter, Atkinson is preparing for the last of the sun and the most arduous, horrific and courageous march in exploration history ends.
Scott’s Journal 29th March 1912. Scott famously writes, ‘Since the 21st we have had a continuous gale from W.S.W. and S.W. We had fuel to make two cups of tea apiece and bare food for two days on the 20th. Every day we have been ready to start for our depot 11 miles away, but outside the door of the tent it remains a scene of whirling drift. I do not think we can hope for any better things now. We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker, of course, and the end cannot be far. It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT. For God’s sake look after our people’.