b.10 September 1889 d.20 December 1957
MC(1919) MB ChM Sydney(1914) MRCP(1928) FRACP(1938) FRCP(1946)
Wilfred Evans was born at Cooma, New South Wales, to Richard Evans, a chemist and journalist, and Mary, daughter of John Shaw, a furniture manufacturer, of Liverpool. He was educated at the Scots College and the University of Sydney, from which he graduated with first class honours and the University medal. In World War I he served with the Australian Imperial Force in Gallipoli and then with the mounted troops in Palestine, where for conspicuous bravery he was awarded the Military Cross.
After a period in command of the German Hospital in Damascus he was appointed deputy assistant director, medical services, at Australian Mounted Division Headquarters. Between the two World Wars he was in general practice before post-graduate study in the United States and Great Britain.
On his return home, he set up in consulting practice with a main interest in cardiology and was appointed physician to Sydney Hospital. Again in World War II he showed his administrative ability while serving in the medical directorate of the Australian Army Medical Corps.
Evans was a sound general physician with a flair for teaching. Because of his cheerful disposition and his infectious laugh he was widely known as ‘Happy Evans’. He was a good golfer and an enthusiastic gardener. He married Heather, daughter of Thomas Fergus Ross, a schoolteacher in Beecroft, New South Wales; they had two sons and one daughter.
Richard R Trail
[Med.J.Aust., 1958,1, 475-6 (p).]
(Volume V, page 124)
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