Oates, Lawrence

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Oates, Lawrence Gender: M
Lawrence Edward Grace ("Titus") Oates
born on 17 March 1880 at 06:20 (= 06:20 AM )
Place Putney, England, 51n28, 0w13
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 27°04' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 08°00 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 29°58'

Lawrence Oates


English Cavalry officer with the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons, and later on in his life an Antarctic explorer, who died during Robert Falcon Scott's Terra Nova Expedition. Oates, afflicted with gangrene and frostbite, on 16 March 1912 walked from his tent into a blizzard. 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.

Oates' sacrifice however made no difference to the eventual outcome. Scott, Wilson and Bowers continued onwards for a further 20 miles (32 km) towards the 'One Ton' food depot that could save them but were halted at latitude 79°40'S by a fierce blizzard on 20 March. Trapped in their tent by the weather and too weak, cold and malnourished to continue, they eventually died nine days later, only eleven miles short of their objective.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Bowers, Henry (born 29 July 1883)


  • Death, Mysterious 16 March 1912 (walked into his death of freezing in the Antarctic, one day short of his 32nd birthday)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes biography by Michael Smith, I Am Just Going Outside: Captain Oates - Antarctic Tragedy, p. 17: ".. was born at 6.20 am on 17 March 1880 and named Lawrence Edward Grace Oates".


  • Vocation : Military : Military career (cavalry officer, antarctic explorer)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (as member of Scott's failed antarctic expedition)