Desert Rats Major General on Oates

Students and staff alike were recently treated to a lecture by the illustrious Major General Patrick Cordingley, most notable for his command of the Desert Rats in the Gulf War. His lecture focused on the expedition to the Antarctic of 1912 headed by Captain Robert Scott, and, more specifically, the life of Lawrence Oates. He and Cordingley were members of the same regiment, the 5th Royal Inniskillig Dragoon Guards, and Cordingley was a custodian of Oates’ diary. Cordingley captivated the audience with tales of Oates’ involvement in the Boer War, and the harsh experiences of the men (and animals!) involved in the doomed Antarctic expedition. It was a real pleasure to listen to him.

By Jonathan Campbell, 6.2


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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