Today is the 100th anniversary of the fateful day that Captain “Titus” Oates announced to his frozen, exhausted, and desperate colleagues that immortal line…

“I am just going outside and may be some time”

He knew, struggling with severe frostbite, that he was a millstone around the neck of his team. He knew that without him, they stood a chance of making it back alive (although we know this was not to be).  He knew too, as did his friends, that he was off to his death. The man is remembered as a hero.