Major Wilfred Evans

Birth Date 10 September 1889
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Cooma
Death Date 20 December 1957
Death Place Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Final Rank Major
Units
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 6 October 1919 on page 1466 at position 34
London Gazette 5 June 1919 on page 7189 at position 6

Wilfred Evans was born at Cooma, New South Wales, on 10 September 1889. After graduating top of his year with a degree in medicine from the University of Sydney in 1914 he practiced for a brief time at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown. Evans enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 29 May 1915. He departed Sydney with other reinforcements for the Australian Army Medical Corps aboard HMAT Karoola on 16 June 1915.Originally posted to the 1st Australian General Hospital, Evans was soon transferred to the 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance on Gallipoli. After the evacuation in December he served with the mounted troops until the end of the Middle East campaign. During this time he treated the wounded as the Australian forces moved from Sinai into Palestine and later Transjordan. Evans wrote to his family at home throughout the war, describing the major battles of the campaign and the conditions on service. By the end of the war he had distinguished himself as a brilliant physician and leader. By the end of the war Evans had been promoted to the rank of major and was Mentioned in Despatches on three occasions. He was also awarded the Military Cross for his work in charge of a dressing station dealing with the many wounded from the second battle of Gaza on 19 April 1917.After returning to Australia in 1919 Evans married and continued to pursue his medical career during the interwar years. He once again joined the medical corps in the Second World War but declined overseas service, instead serving as Assistant Director-General of Medical Services in Melbourne. Wilfred Evans died in Sydney on 20 December 1957 after a brief illness.

Rolls

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Military Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    AMD HQ
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Captain
    London Gazette
    1 January 1918 on page 51 at position 19
    Commonwealth Gazette
    18 April 1918 on page 847 at position 33
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    Australian Army Medical Corps
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Captain
    London Gazette
    6 July 1917 on page 6773 at position 102
    Commonwealth Gazette
    11 October 1917 on page 2664 at position 106
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    Australian Army Medical Corps
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
    London Gazette
    12 January 1918 on page 804 at position 76
    Commonwealth Gazette
    23 May 1918 on page 1123 at position 59
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    Australian Army Medical Corps
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
    London Gazette
    5 June 1919 on page 7189 at position 6
    Commonwealth Gazette
    6 October 1919 on page 1466 at position 34
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    16 September 1917
    Unit
    3rd Australian Light Horse Field Ambulance
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Captain
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    19 June 1917
    Unit
    3rd Australian Light Horse Field Ambulance
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Captain
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    23 December 1918
    Unit
    Australian Army Medical Corps
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    Australian Army Medical Corps
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Captain
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    Australian Army Medical Corps
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Captain

Timeline

Date of birth 1889-09-10
Date of embarkation 1915-06-16
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-06-19
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-09-16
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-12-23
Date of death 1957-12-20

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