Stretched wings towards the South
The Flags of the British Antartic Expedition 1910-13
Edward Wilson’s sledge flag   © Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge: www.spri.cam.ac.uk
Wilson’s sledge flag was sewn by his wife, Oriana, and measures 100 x 30 cm. It is made from grosgrain silk with satin ribbons for the St George’s cross. It is embroidered in silk with cotton edging cord. It bears the Wilson family colours and crest of a fox plus the motto “Res non verba” (Deeds not words). Wilson flew it at the South Pole. It was retrieved by the search party that found the Polar Party's final camp and returned to Oriana Wilson who presented it to Gloucester Cathedral. In 1930 she removed it to the Scott Polar Research Institute.