Sunday, July 3, 2011

Lawrence Oates

"I'm a soldier, aren't I? And all a soldier needs to know is his duty."

Lawrence E. G. Oates ("Titus," "Soldier;" 1880–1912): Captain of the Sixth Inniskilling Dragoons, a British Army cavalry unit. Of independent means, he donated £1,000 to acquire a place on the Terra Nova expedition. He was placed in charge of the ponies. Having developed severe, disabling frostbite of the feet, Oates famously sacrificed himself in early March 1912 in order not to impede the others in their desperate effort to reach Cape Evans

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