Robert and Kathleen Scott
Throughout Robert Falcon Scott's doomed Antarctic expedition, he thought obsessively of his wife, Kathleen. Scott had first met the young sculptor at a party in 1907 and had determined to woo her, despite frequently being away at sea and having to vanquish other suitors for her affections. She was impressed by his keenness, and the pair married in 1908. Late the following year, soon after Kathleen had given birth to their only child, Scott set off on his second attempt to reach the South Pole. His wife and son travelled to New Zealand with him to say farewell. It was the last time they would see him. Two and a half years later, Scott, suffering from extreme cold, hunger and fatigue (and having failed to be the first man to reach the Pole), found the strength to pen Kathleen a final letter. "Dear, it is not easy to write because of the cold - 70 degrees below zero and nothing but the shelter of our tent. You know I have loved you; you know my thoughts must have constantly dwelt on you... the worst aspect of this situation is that I shall not see you again - the inevitable must be faced." Her statue in his memory stands in London's Waterloo Place.