Biography

Birth date: 13 May 1905
Birth place: United Kingdom: England, Greater Manchester, Manchester
Death date: 19 February 1981
Death place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Toorak
Final rank: Temporary Brigadier
Service number: VX47819 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • 24th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • 2/23rd Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 2/23rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 2/23rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 2/23rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

020910

TOBRUK, LIBYA. 1941-10-09. THE COMMANDING OFFICER AND COMPANY COMMANDERS OF THE 2/23RD INFANTRY BATTALION. FROM THE LEFT:-LIEUTENANT COLONEL B. EVANS, CAPTAIN R. RATTRAY, LIEUTENANT M.A.B. WILSON, LIEUTENANT G.C. ANDERSON, CAPTAIN G.H. BLAND, MAJOR R.E. WALL.

020910

020754

TOBRUK, LIBYA. 1941-09-08. HEADQUARTERS GROUP OF THE 26TH INFANTRY BRIGADE. LEFT TO RIGHT: FRONT ROW: CAPTAIN P. GEBHARDT, CAPTAIN R. CROMIE (OFFICER IN CHARGE 26TH ANTI-TANK COMPANY), MAJOR R.L. BATTEN (ACTING COMMANDING OFFICER 2/48TH INFANTRY BATTALION), LIEUTENANT COLONEL B. EVANS (COMMANDING...

020754

020755

TOBRUK, LIBYA. 1941-09-08. A GROUP OF OFFICERS FROM THE 26TH INFANTRY BRIGADE DISCUSSING A PLAN. FROM THE LEFT:- CAPTAIN R. CROMIE, MAJOR R.L. BATTEN, LIEUTENANT COLONEL B. EVANS (CO 2/23 AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION), LIEUTENANT COLONEL A. SPOWERS, MAJOR F.W. SPEED, BRIGADIER TOVELL, CAPTAIN J.G....

020755

020512

TOBRUK, LIBYA. 1941-09-03. THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 2/23RD INFANTRY BATTALION, LIEUTENANT COLONEL B. EVANS, (ON LADDER) AND HIS 2ND-IN-CHARGE, MAJOR H.R. BIRCH.

020512

020500A

TOBRUK, LIBYA. 1941-09-30. THE COMMANDING OFFICER, 2/23RD INFANTRY BATTALION, LIEUTENANT COLONEL B. EVANS, AND THE MEDICAL OFFICER, CAPTAIN J.M. AGAR, PLAYING CHINESE CHECKERS OUTSIDE A DUGOUT.

020500A

020488

TOBRUK, LIBYA. 1941-08-30. THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 2/23RD INFANTRY BATTALION, LIEUTENANT COLONEL B. EVANS.

020488

020490

TOBRUK, LIBYA. 1941-08-30. THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 2/23RD INFANTRY BATTALION, LIEUTENANT COLONEL B. EVANS.

020490

022912

1942-01. LIEUTENANT COLONEL B. EVANS, COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 2/23RD AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION WHO WAS AWARDED THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER.

022912

023867

TRIPOLI, SYRIA. 1942-03. OFFICERS OF THE 26TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE OUTSIDE THE ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDINGS OF BRIGADE HQ. LEFT TO RIGHT:- FRONT ROW - CAPTAIN G. AUSTIN, CAPTAIN J.G. OCHILTREE, LIEUTENANT COLONEL B. EVANS, BRIGADIER R.W. TOVELL, MAJOR P.W. SPEED, CAPTAIN R. TIVEY, CAPTAIN P....

023867

024156

TRIPOLI, SYRIA. 1942-05-01. OFFICERS OF HQ 26TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE DURING MANOEUVRES. FROM THE LEFT:- LIEUTENANT COLONEL B. EVANS (ACTING COMMANDER 26TH BRIGADE), LIEUTENANT I.G. PAECH, CAPTAIN J.G. OCHILTREE AND CAPTAIN E.P. TIVEY.

024156

024975

OFFICERS CHATTING AFTER A PARADE AT MAIN HEADQUARTERS, 9TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION, AT WHICH OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE DIVISION WHO HAVE BEEN AWARDED DECORATIONS FOR GALLANTRY IN THE RECENT OPERATIONS, WERE PRESENTED WITH THE RIBBON OF THEIR DECORATION BY LIEUTENANT-GENERAL SIR LESLIE MORSHEAD,...

024975

052614

BARRINE, QLD. 1943-06-15. GROUP OF HIGH-RANKING OFFICERS WHO ATTENDED A SPECIAL CONFERENCE OF AUSTRALIAN AND AMERICAN SENIOR OFFICERS IN 1943-06. LEFT TO RIGHT:- (FRONT ROW) VX47819 BRIGADIER B. EVANS, DSO, COMMANDING 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE; CAPTAIN HUDSON, UNITED STATES NAVY, LAND...

052614

052626

BARRINE, QLD. 1943-06-15. GROUP OF SENIOR OFFICERS CHATTING AFTER A TOP LEVEL CONFERENCE OF AUSTRALIAN AND AMERICAN OFFICERS HELD IN 1943. LEFT TO RIGHT:- VX47819 BRIGADIER E. EVANS DSO, COMMANDING 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE; BRIGADIER-GENERAL HEAVEY, COMMANDING 2ND ENGINEERS SPECIAL BRIGADE,...

052626

052613

BARRINE, QLD. 1943-06-15. GROUP OF HIGH-RANKING OFFICERS WHO ATTENDED A SPECIAL CONFERENCE OF AUSTRALIAN AND AMERICAN SENIOR OFFICERS IN 1943-06. LEFT TO RIGHT:- (FRONT ROW) VX47819 BRIGADIER B. EVANS DSO, COMMANDING 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE; CAPTAIN HUDSON, UNITED STATES NAVY, LAND...

052613

052625

BARRINE, QLD. 1943-06-15. VX47819 BRIGADIER BERNARD EVANS DSO, COMMANDING 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE, TALKING TO BRIGADIER-GENERAL HEAVEY, COMMANDING 2ND ENGINEERS SPECIAL BRIGADE, UNITED STATES ARMY.

052625

052615

BARRINE, QLD. 1943-06-15. VX47819 BRIGADIER BERNARD EVANS DSO, COMMANDING 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE.

052615

052960

CAIRNS, QLD. 1943-06-25. VX1 GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY GBE KCB CMG DSO ED, WITH VX47819 BRIGADIER B. EVANS DSO ED, OF THE 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE, WATCHING OPERATIONS DURING COMBINED INVASION EXERCISES BY THE 24TH INFANTRY BRIGADE, 9TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION AND THE 532ND ENGINEER BOAT AND...

052960

052961

CAIRNS, QLD. 1943-06-25. VX47819 BRIGADIER B. EVANS DSO ED, INDICATES INTERESTING POINT OF OPERATIONS TO MAJOR-GENERAL G. F. WOOTTEN CBE DSO, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 9TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION, DURING COMBINED INVASION EXERCISE BY THE 24TH INFANTRY BRIGADE, 9TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION AND THE 532ND...

052961

059141

FINSCHHAFEN, NEW GUINEA. 1943-10-25. NX8 LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR LESLIE MORSHEAD KCB KBE CMG DSO ED, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 2ND AUSTRALIAN CORPS, DISCUSSING MATTERS WITH SENIOR OFFICERS AT HEADQUARTERS, 24TH INFANTRY BRIGADE, DURING HIS VISIT TO THE AREA OF SCARLET BEACH, WHICH IS UNDER HIS...

059141

014148

1943-01-22. GOOD LUCK. COL. B. EVANS D.S.O. (NOW BRIGADIER) AND LIEUT. J.W. DURHAM TOAST SUCCESS TO THE 8TH ARMY'S CAMPAIGN IN COFFEE PROVIDED BY A SALVATION ARMY MOBILE CANTEEN THEY WENT INTO BATTLE NEXT DAY. (NEGATIVE BY F. HURLEY).

014148

020500

TOBRUK, LIBYA. 1941-09-30. THE COMMANDING OFFICER 2/23RD AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION, LIEUTENANT COLONEL B. EVANS, AND THE MEDICAL OFFICER, CAPTAIN J.M. AGAR, PLAYING CHINESE CHECKERS OUTSIDE A DUGOUT.

020500

083371

INGLEBURN, N.S.W. 1944-11-23. COLONEL A.J. MURRAY, COMMANDING OFFICER (1), ASSISTED BY CAPTAIN B. EVANS, OFFICER COMMANDING AUSTRALIAN ARMY MEDICAL WOMEN'S SERVICE, 2/5 GENERAL HOSPITAL (2), INSPECTS MEMBERS ON PARADE.

083371

083377

INGLEBURN, N.S.W. 1944-11-23. MEMBERS OF AN AUSTRALIAN ARMY MEDICAL WOMEN'S SERVICE COMPANY FROM THE 2/5 GENERAL HOSPITAL, LED BY CAPTAIN B. EVANS, OFFICER COMMANDING (6), AND THE SECOND IN CHARGE (5), AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF A ROUTE MARCH.

083377

083376

INGLEBURN, N.S.W. 1944-11-23. COLONEL A.J. MURRAY, COMMANDING OFFICER, 2/5 GENERAL HOSPITAL (1), CONGRATULATES CAPTAIN B. EVANS (2), ON THE MARCHING OF THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY MEDICAL WOMEN'S SERVICE.

083376

083383

INGLEBURN, N.S.W. 1944-11-23. MEMBERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY MEDICAL WOMEN'S SERVICE, 2/5 GENERAL HOSPITAL, RELAXING AT THE CONCLUSION OF A ROUTE MARCH. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- PRIVATE (PTE) J. EDWARDS (1); CAPTAIN B. EVANS (2); CORPORAL L.M. BEAZLEY (3); PTE J. O'CONNOR (4); LIEUTENANT M.O....

083383

083375

INGLEBURN, N.S.W. 1944-11-23. COLONEL A.J. MURRAY, COMMANDING OFFICER, 2/5 GENERAL HOSPITAL (2), TAKES THE SALUTE FROM MEMBERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY MEDICAL WOMEN'S SERVICE (AAMWS). CAPTAIN B. EVANS, AAMWS (1), STANDS ALONGSIDE.

083375

024022

TRIPOLI, SYRIA. 1942-03. THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, MIDDLE EAST, GENERAL SIR CLAUDE AUCHINLECK, WITH THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 2/23RD INFANTRY BATTALION, LIEUTENANT COLONEL B. EVANS, EXAMINING DEFENCES ON THE PLAINS NORTH OF TRIPOLI.

024022

053328

BISIATABU, SOGERI VALLEY, NEW GUINEA. 1943-06-28. EVENING MESS PARADE OF THE 1ST PAPUAN INFANTRY BATTALION. IN CHARGE OF THE PARADE IS NX69905 SERGEANT D. B. EVANS.

053328

020908

TOBRUK, LIBYA. 1941-10-09. A GROUP OF OFFICERS OF THE 2/23RD INFANTRY BATTALION. FROM THE LEFT: FRONT ROW: LIEUTENANTS G. M. THIRWELL, T. H. ORR, T. H. MATTHEWS, R. K. REID, G. W. LUKEY, A. H. RUNDLE, H. J. BOAS. SECOND ROW: LIEUTENANTS G. G. ANDERSON, H. A. GRAY, CAPTAIN F. G. MORRELL, MAJOR H. R....

020908

054977

KAIRI, QLD. 1943-07-31. SECTION OF THE 2/32ND BATTALION, 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE, LED BY QX6092 CAPTAIN J. J. DAVIDSON, GIVES "EYES RIGHT" TO VX47819 BRIGADIER B. EVANS DSO, BRIGADE COMMANDER IN THE "CEREMONIAL COMPANIES" MARCH PAST.

054977

054976

KAIRI, QLD. 1943-07-31. 2/32ND BATTALION, 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE, LED BY SX10309 LIEUTENANT COLONEL T. H. SCOTT, GIVES "EYES RIGHT" TO VX47819 BRIGADIER B. EVANS DSO, BRIGADE COMMANDER IN THE "CERMONIAL COMPANIES" MARCH PAST.

054976

054978

KAIRI, QLD. 1943-07-31. NO. 3 PLATOON, 2/32ND BATTALION, 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE, LED BY WX8667 LIEUTENANT A. P. A. DENNESS, GIVES "EYES RIGHT" TO VX47819 BRIGADIER B. EVANS, DSO., BRIGADE COMMANDER IN THE "CEREMONIAL COMPANIES" MARCH PAST.

054978

054984

KAIRI, QLD. 1943-07-31. SX9479 CAPTAIN J. H. WILTON MC LEADS THE 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE, HEADQUARTERS, PAST THE SALUTING BASE IN THE "CEREMONIAL COMPANIES" MARCH PAST. VX47819 BRIGADIER B. EVANS DSO TOOK THE SALUTE. ALSO SHOWN ARE: MAJOR P. F. B. WHITE; WX3421 LIEUTENANT COLONEL C. H....

054984

054983

KAIRI, QLD. 1943-07-31. LIEUTENANT G. COOMBES LEADS A SECTION OF THE 2/43RD BATTALION, 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE, PAST THE SALUTING BASE IN THE "CEREMONIAL COMPANIES" MARCH PAST. VX47819 BRIGADIER B. EVANS, DSO, TOOK THE SALUTE.

054983

054979

KAIRI, QLD. 1943-07-31. 2/43RD BATTALION, 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE, LED BY VX15117 LIEUTENANT COLONEL R. JOSHUA MC, GIVES "EYES RIGHT" TO VX47819 BRIGADIER B. EVANS DSO, BRIGADE COMMANDER IN THE "CEREMONIAL COMPANIES" MARCH PAST.

054979

054982

KAIRI, QLD. 1943-07-31. SX10751 LIEUTENANT R. WILLIAMS LEADS NO. 8 PLATOON, 2/43RD BATTALION, 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE, IN THE "CEREMONIAL COMPANIES" MARCH PAST. VX47819 BRIGADIER B. EVANS DSO, BRIGADE COMMANDER, TOOK THE SALUTE.

054982

055211

CAIRNS, QLD. 1943-08-07. NX8 LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR LESLIE MORSHEAD KCB KBE CMG DSO ED, AND SENIOR OFFICERS ABOARD SHIP. LEFT TO RIGHT:- VX15120 BRIGADIER (BRIG.) H. WELLS OBE DSO, BRIGADIER GENERAL STAFF, 2ND AUSTRALIAN CORPS; VX8 LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR LESLIE MORSHEAD, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING...

055211

054970

KAIRI, QLD. 1943-07-31. GROUP PORTRAIT OF VX47819 BRIGADIER B. EVANS DSO, (CENTRE FRONT ROW) AND HIS OFFICERS OF THE 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE.

054970

054974

KAIRI, QLD. 1943-07-31. 2/28TH BATTALION, 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE, LED BY WX7500 CAPTAIN L. H. LYON, GIVES "EYES RIGHT" TO THE BRIGADE COMMANDER, VX47819 BRIGADIER B. EVANS DSO IN THE "CEREMONIAL COMPANIES" MARCH PAST.

054974

054973

KAIRI, QLD. 1943-07-31. COMPETITIONS IN "SKILL AT ARMS" BETWEEN UNITS AND PERSONNEL OF THE 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE, WERE CARRIED OUT. HIGHLIGHT OF THE PROGRAMME WAS THE "CEREMONIAL COMPANIES" MARCH PAST. VX47819 BRIGADIER B. EVANS, BRIGADE COMMANDER, IS READY TO TAKE THE SALUTE. WITH HIM,...

054973

054975

KAIRI, QLD. 1943-07-31. SECTION OF THE 2/28TH BATTALION, 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE ON PARADE, LED BY LIEUTENANT N. K. OBORNE, GIVES "EYES RIGHT" TO VX47819 BRIGADIER B. EVANS DSO, BRIGADE COMMANDER IN THE "CEREMONIAL COMPANIES" MARCH PAST.

054975

054968

KAIRI, QLD. 1943-07-31. VX47819 BRIGADIER B. EVANS DSO, HEADQUARTERS, 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE, OUTSIDE HIS TENT.

054968

058986

FINSCHHAFEN AREA, NEW GUINEA. 1943-10-27. NX8 LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR LESLIE MOREHEAD KCB KBE CMG DSO ED, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING, 2ND AUSTRALIAN CORP, CHATTING TO VX47812 BRIGADIER B. EVANS DSO ED, COMMANDING 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE.

058986

059100

BUKAUA, NEW GUINEA. 1943-10-18. MESS PARADE IN THE OUTDOORS FOR THE TROOPS OF THE 29/46TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION AT THE MISSION CHURCH. SHOWN: VX144429 PRIVATE (PTE) A. DUNCAN (1); VX118778 PTE W. HOWLETT (2); V155677 PTE B. EVANS (3); VX105963 CORPORAL A. J. FOTHERGILL (4).

059100

090718

MOROTAI. 1945-04-18. CAPTAIN B. EVANS, OFFICER COMMANDING AUSTRALIAN ARMY MEDICAL WOMEN'S SERVICE , 2/5 GENERAL HOSPITAL (2), ENQUIRING AFTER THE COMFORT OF HER STAFF. THEY ARE IN A BARE TENT AWAITING STRETCHERS SHORTLY AFTER THEIR ARRIVAL FROM THE HOSPITAL SHIP MANUNDA. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:-...

090718

Film

Tobruk, 30th July to 22nd October

The day by day story of Tobruk. The leisure hours, the bombing and the wounded. Scenes of bomb damaged Tobruk. Sunken ships in Tobruk harbour. The wrecked Insect Class gunboat HMS Lady Bird and anti-aircraft gun and crew on the ship's deck. Men from the 8th Battalion (Bn) 3rd Light Anti-Aircraft...

F07001

24th Australian Infantry Brigade, 9th Division parade

Brigadier B Evans DSO ED takes salute. Lieutenant General L Morshead KCB KBE CMG DSO ED, Brigadier Evans and other officers seated in canvas chairs watch events through obstacle course on Parade area. Mortar crew load and fire one shell.

F07045

Capture of Lae

General interest shots of the capture of Lae, arrival of troops in the town and the damaged buildings. Identified personnel VX47819 Brigadier (Brig) Bernard Evans and NX3 Brig Kenneth William Eather shown studying maps. See also F01616 for Cinesound version.

F01862

Timeline

Date of birth 1905-05-13
Date commissioned 1924-12-17
Interwar Service 1 1924-12-17 lieutenant 46th battalion
Interwar Service 2 1929-03-23 captain
Interwar Service 3 1934-08-24 major
Interwar Service 4 1936-11-13 course Assessed fit for command
Career summary 2 1939-12-15 temporary lieutenant colonel, commanding officer 57/60th battalion
Appointment 1939-12-15 - 1940-07-01 Battalion: 57/60th; Rank on appointment: major, temporary lieutenant colonel ; Appointed from: major 46th battalion ; Reason for end of appointment: new command -infantry battalion: Australian Imperial Force battalion
Career summary 4 1940-07-01 seconded as commanding officer 2/23rd battalion
Appointment 1940-07-01 - 1942-11-01 Battalion: 2/23rd; Rank on appointment: lieutenant colonel; Appointed from: commanding officer 57/60th battalion ; Reason for end of appointment: promotion field command: 24th Brigade
Career summary 5 1940-07-22 enlisted 2AIF
Career summary 6 1940-12-17 arrived Middle East
Career summary 7 1941-12-26 Mention in Despatches (Feb-Jul 41)
Career summary 8 1941-12-30 Companion of the Distinguished Service Order
Career summary 9 1942-03-12 - 1942-05-15 attached Headquarters 26th Brigade 13-26 Jan
Career summary 10 1942-06-17 - 1942-07-02 course Middle East Tactical School (senior O
Career summary 11 1942-06-30 Mention in Despatches (Jul-Oct 41)
Career summary 12 1942-11-01 relinquished command 2/23rd battalion
Career summary 13 1942-11-01 seconded temporary command 24th Brigade
Career summary 14 1942-11-05 colonel (retains temporary BRIG)
Career summary 15 1943-02-27 Returned to Australia (Syd)
Career summary 16 1943-03-25 command 24th Brigade (bd 5 Nov 42) reported
Career summary 17 1943-08-10 arrived Milne Bay
Career summary 18 1943-11-04 Returned to Australia (Townsville )
Career summary 19 1943-11-10 relinquished command 24th Brigade
Career summary 20 1943-11-17 chief instructor Land Headquarters Tactical School
Career summary 21 1944-05-31 Mention in Despatches (South-west Pacific Area 1 Apr-30 Sep 43)
Career summary 22 1944-06-07 ED
Career summary 23 1945-08-15 command Land Headquarters School of Tactics and Military Intelligence
Career summary 24 1945-09-15 relinquished command Land Headquarters School of Tactics...
Career summary 25 1945-10-23 Reserve of Officers colonel (H/BRIG)
Date of death 1981-02-19
Career summary 1 major 46th battalion
Career summary 3 [Indications of full time duty with 4th Training battalion ]
Citations 2 'The untiring energy and enthusiasm of this commanding officer, his solid leadership and total disregard of personal danger has been the main factor to the successes which have attended the activities of 2/23 Aust. Inf. Bn. With the exception of very brief periods in reserve positions this Bn has been in the FDLs of Tobruk since early in April and during that period Lt-Col. Evans has personally planned and supervisedd the numerous enterprisess designed to ensure the defence of his sector and inflict losses in men, material and morale on the enemy. His personality and unceasing interest in his men as been an inspiration to all ranks.'
Citations 3 Ext Sheet DV 8/42, LG Supp 35396/41
WW2 Service 1 Benghazi
WW2 Service 2 El Alamein
WW2 Service 3 New Guinea