Biography

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
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • Australian Army Medical Corps
  • AMD HQ

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 and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of embarkation: 16 June 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: 3rd Australian Light Horse Field Ambulance
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: Australian Army Medical Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mentions

  • Unit: Australian Army Medical Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: 3rd Australian Light Horse Field Ambulance
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: Australian Army Medical Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Military Cross

  • Unit: AMD HQ
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: Australian Army Medical Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: Australian Army Medical Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: Australian Army Medical Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Private Record

Evans, Wilfred (Major, b.1889 - d.?)

Collection relating to the First World War service of Major Wilfred Evans MC who served with the Australian Army Medical Corps (AAMC). Collection consists of letters describing his work with the AAMC during the Gallipoli campaign, in Egypt and in Damascus. Of special note are two letters and... Maker: Evans, Wilfred

2DRL/0014 (With records)

Photograph

H00034

Studio portrait of Major Wilfred Evans MC of 1 Australian General Hospital, of Camperdown, NSW. A medical practitioner at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital prior to his enlistment on 29 May 1915 he embarked from Sydney for service on 16 June 1915 and returned to Australia on 1 January 1919. (See also...

H00034

P05859.004

Informal portrait of five doctors being transported to Gallipoli. Identified, left to right: Bell (believed to be Captain (Capt, later Major) James Burleigh Bell; Capt Samuel Charles Fitzpatrick (behind); Capt (later Lieutenant Colonel) Ernest Kent Parry (later MC); Evans (behind), unable to...

P05859.004

Digitised Collection

Letters from Wilfred Evans to his family, 1915

Letters relating to the First World War service of Major Wilfred Evans, 1st Australian General Hospital. In this series of letters from 1915, Evans details the period from his embarkation to his evacuation from Gallipoli. Embarking with 1 Australian General Hospital, he describes his journey by sea...

RCDIG0000864

Letters from Wilfred Evans to his family, 1916

Letters relating to the First World War service of Major Wilfred Evans, Australian Army Medical Corps. In this series of letters from 1916, Evans details the period from his return to Egypt to his continuing service with 3th Light Horse Field Ambulance (attached to the 9th Light Horse Regiment) in...

RCDIG0000961

Letters from Wilfred Evans to his family, 1917

Letters relating to the First World War service of Major Wilfred Evans, Australian Army Medical Corps. In this series of letters from 1917, Evans details his service in the Sinai and Palestine. He describes the battles of Gaza, in particular that of Beersheba, and includes related hand drawn maps...

RCDIG0000962

Letters from Wilfred Evans to his family, 1918

Letters relating to the First World War service of Major Wilfred Evans, Australian Army Medical Corps. In this series of letters from 1918, Evans details his service in Palestine and his eventual demobilisation towards the end of 1918. Evans describes the fighting at Jerusalem (1917), Megiddo and...

RCDIG0000963

Letters from Wilfred Evans to his family, 1919

Letters relating to the First World War service of Major Wilfred Evans, Australian Army Medical Corps. In this series of letters from 1919, Evans details his return to Australia on S.S. Aeneas and the conditions on board. In the final letter, he describes being quarantined in Melbourne. This file...

RCDIG0000964

Letters and newspaper cutting relating to the service of Wilfred Evans, 1915-1916

Letters and newspaper cutting relating to the First World War service of Major Wilfred Evans, Australian Army Medical Corps. Included are two letters from other medical personnel relating to Evans, as well as a newspaper cutting of 1 Australian General Hospital at Heliopolis. This file...

RCDIG0000965

Letters and notes of Wilfred Evans, 1930

Letters and notes relating to the First World War service of Major Wilfred Evans, Australian Army Medical Corps. These letters and notes relate to Beramkie Barracks and the hospital conditions encountered in Damascus towards the end of the conflict. This file contains: Letter from Wilfred Evans to...

RCDIG0000966

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