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Lawrence (Edward Grace) Oates - Background, Terra Nova Expedition, Trivia

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Explorer, born in London, UK. He was educated at Eton, joined the army, and served in South Africa. In 1910 he joined Scott's Antarctic Expedition in charge of the ponies, and was one of the party of five to reach the South Pole in 1912. On the return journey the explorers became weatherbound. Lamed by severe frostbite, and convinced that his condition would fatally handicap his companions' prospect of survival, he walked out into the blizzard, sacrificing his life. His last words have become famous: ‘I am just going outside, I may be some time’.

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