Captain Lawrence Edward Grace ("Titus") Oates (17 March – 17 March 1912) was an 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." Paul Simpson-Housley (1992) Antarctica: exploration, perception, and metaphor p Routledge, "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.
[Burton Mail] - Their killing was reported to the RSPCA by Lawrence Oates, East Staffordshire Borough Council's open spaces manager. He told one of the charity's chief inspectors that one of the birds had what appeared to be a pellet wound.
[Telegraph.co.uk] - Two more months of severe hardship would follow as the five made their way back across the ice, becoming four with the death of Edgar Evans, then three with the self-sacrifice of Lawrence Oates. The flag presented to Scott by Queen Alexandra
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