Capt. Lawrence Edward Grace (Titus) Oates (17.3.1880|16.3.1912), English Antarctic explorer, known for the manner of his death during the Terra Nova Expedition, when he walked from a tent into a blizzard, with the words "I am just going outside and may be some time." His death is seen as an act of self-sacrifice when, aware his ill health was compromising his three companions' chances of survival, he chose certain death
On Dec 14 1911, the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his team became the first to reach the South Pole – narrowly beating the British team led by Captain Robert Scott | Picture: Illustrated London News
Depicted is Captain Oats on the Terra Nova Expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott. Polar expeditions became an arena for men to perform heroic or gentlemanly deeds. Due to crippling Frostbite, Captain Oats was endangering the expedition by slowing them down. In an attempt to save the mens lives, he told his crew that he was "going outside", walking into the cold and committing suicide. Achieving glory and performing heroic deeds helped motivate polar exploration.