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The Polar Medal awarded to an explorer who came within a few miles of rescuing Scott of the Antartic and his team has emerged for sale for 30,000 pounds.<br />
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Apsley Cherry-Garrard was haunted for the rest of his life at not being able to reach the four men who were stranded in horrendous conditions on their return journey.<br />
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Cherry-Garrard had gone to the supply depot to re-stock it with food and meet the group after what was meant to have been their historic trip to become the first people to reach the South Pole.<br />
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After days of waiting he followed orders given to him and returned north to the expedition's headquarters in order to spare the sledge-dogs.<br />
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Had he carried on south, and killing one dog at a time to feed to the rest after running out of food, he would have found the remaining men stranded in their tent after 12 miles.<br />
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Cherry-Garrard left the One Ton Depot on March 10, 1912. Lawrence Oates died on March 16 after walking out if the tent.<br />
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Scott, Edward Wilson and Henry 'Birdie' Bowers all died on or around March 30.<br />
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Eight months later, at the end of the Antarctic spring, Cherry-Garrard was a member of the search party that went out and found the three men dead in their tent alongside their diaries.<br />
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Cherry-Garrard was awarded the Polar Medal and the Royal Geographical Society's Scott Memorial Medal upon his return to Britain.