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According to Scott’s diary entry of 16 or 17 March (Scott was unsure of the date but thought the 16th correct) Oates had walked out of the tent the previous day into a −40 °F (−40 °C) blizzard to his death. Scott wrote in his diary: "We knew that poor Oates was walking to his death, but though we tried to dissuade him, we knew it was the act of a brave man and an English gentleman." According to Scott’s diary, as Oates left the tent he said, "I am just going outside and may be some time." Edward Wilson, who was also present, made no reference to this in his own diary or the letters to Oates’s mother.
Weird to see a man from these days without mustaches and with short hair
That was a crazy expedition, it resulted in probably one of the greatest solo acts of mental and physical toughness from Tom Crean, the Irish man who walked 35 miles to base camp to save the lives of 2 of his party. He covered the 35 miles in 18 hours after jointly hauling a sled and his incapacitated team mate a 100 odd miles. On the 18 hour trek he set off with 3 biscuits and a bit of chocolate stopping once to eat the rations bar 1 biscuit he wanted to keep "in case of emergency"!
Not to be a Debbie downer but if he called it quits just two days before his party could have potentially made up that 11 miles they missed.
Nice to see the English Stiff Upper Lip
Although in his case it was frozen stiff
Reminds me of Liam Gallagher, from, like, nowadays
Reminds me of a story that took place in France, June 1940, when the Canadians who had just landed at Brest were on their way to shore up the French army after Dunkirk. However after Paris fell and France surrendered, they were ordered back.
The Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War:
The rail parties of the Canadian infantry left France before the artillery. The trains were duly turned back in the early hours of the 15th. That carrying The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment had reached Laval, that with The Royal Canadian Regiment a place "believed to have been Chateaubriant" (this is unlikely, as they had already passed through Laval, which is on a different line). These two trains were back in Brest that evening and the men upon them were re-embarked on a British steamer which sailed the next afternoon and made Plymouth on the 17th. Brigadier Smith’s headquarters and the 48th Highlanders, on the leading train, had a more complicated experience. This train reached Sablé, its destination, before getting the reversal order. It was received from the mouth of a British Railway Traffic Officer, who was at first suspected of being a fifth columnist but identified himself satisfactorily.* The train, not without some delay and some dispute with the engineer, was turned about and headed back towards Brest, with men of the 48th riding the locomotive as an emergency crew and others with tommy guns on the tender "to look after the recalcitrant engineer or any person trying to stop the train."109 There were apprehensions of collision with a German armoured column. No such happening took place; but there was a mishap which might have been fatal. After leaving Rennes, it was noted that the train was passing through unfamiliar country. In fact, a mistake had been made in routing and it was on the way not to Brest but to St. Malo. By great good fortune, at that port there was a British steamer, the Biarritz. British troops of many regiments were already on board, but room was made for the Canadians. The overloaded vessel left harbour on the morning of the 16th and reached Southampton that afternoon.
*Lt.-Col. E. W. Haldenby of the 48th asked him his name. He replied that it was Oates. Haldenby then inquired whether he had ever had a relative whom he might have heard of. The officer thought this unlikely, but when pressed admitted that a member of his family had gone to the South Pole with Captain Scott. This was good enough, for it seemed unlikely that a German agent would know the story of the Captain Oates who sacrificed his life in the hope of saving Scott and his other companions.Brigadier Smith accordingly decided to turn the train around.
Definitely a person who should be better known to Americans. Or maybe just period.
A very gallant gentleman
Looks like the lead singer of nickelback