Lawrence Oates

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The Oates memorial plaque

Lawrence Oates (16 March 188016 March 1912) was a British explorer.


  • I am just going outside. I may be some time.
    • On Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition, while suffering from frostbite and sheltering from a blizzard, Oates felt he was decreasing his companions' chances of survival. Oates voluntarily left the tent; it was his 32nd birthday. He was never seen again.
    • Quoted in R. F. Scott's diary, published as Scott's Last Expedition, ch.20

Quotes about Oates[edit]

  • A very gallant gentleman.
    • On his memorial plaque

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