Studio portrait of Captain (Capt) David Gerald Evans MC, 8th Battalion. A grazier from "Redcamp", ...

Unit 8th Australian Infantry Battalion
Place Europe: Belgium, Flanders, West-Vlaanderen, Ypres, Zonnebeke, Polygon Wood
Accession Number P06566.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Colour - Toned black & white print
Maker Unknown
Date made c August 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Studio portrait of Captain (Capt) David Gerald Evans MC, 8th Battalion. A grazier from "Redcamp", Moyhu, Vic, Capt Evans enlisted in 1915 and embarked from Melbourne on RMS Osterley on 29 September of that year. He was awarded the Military Cross (MC) for bravery on the 8/9th of May 1917 when he "personally organised and led a bombing attack along a trench, thereby gaining about 200 yards" wherein "by his dash and courage an almost impossible position was improved and placed on a sound and tactical basis". Capt Evans died of wounds near Polygon Wood, Belgium, on 20 September 1917. In this studio portrait he is wearing the ribbon of the MC suggesting the photograph was taken while Captain Evans was on leave in Paris or England shortly before his death. His brother, 2399 Private Francis Evans, 51st Battalion, was killed in action, also in Belgium, on 13 October 1917.