Today, being 16th March 2014, is 102 years to the day since Captain Lawrence Oates left his tent, stating, “I am just going outside and may be some time”, even though he knew that he was walking to his death. Why did he do this? Because he believed that if he stayed, he would have put the survival of the rest of his party in greater peril.
It seems like such a selfless thing to do and has really stuck with me ever since I saw the below picture, A Very Gallant Gentleman, which was painted by John Charles Dollman.
What an awful situation to be in; to know that the only way to try to save the others is to sacrifice your own life. Captain Oates is a hero. It’s such a shame that the rest of the group succumbed to the elements nine days later, and died only 11 miles away from where they were headed.