Edgar Evans

Edgar Evans

Birth
Rhossili, Swansea, Wales
Death 29 Mar 1912 (aged 36)
Burial Body lost or destroyed
Memorial ID 9732106 · View Source
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Explorer. Born in Middleton, Wales, he was serving as a Petty Officer 1st Class in the British Royal Navy when he was recruited by British Explorer Sir Robert Falcon Scott and three others on his expedition to the South Pole. 11 weeks after setting off from base camp, the Polar party reached the South Pole on January 17, 1912, By March 29, 1912, they reach the Pole only to discover that Roald Amundsen's 5-man party had beaten them to there by 5 weeks. Their return journey soon became a desperate affair with Evans being injured and suffering from frostbite. On February 16, 1912, Evans collapsed and the next morning, was unable to keep up. He was left behind while the others went ahead towards the next supply depot to make a return journey to fetch him on the empty sledge. When they returned they found him dead in the tent and none of the other members of the polar party survived the return journey having had froze to death. In 1964, the Edgar Evans Building was opened and named in his honor at Whale Island, in Portsmouth, Harbor.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: Peterborough K
  • Added: 31 Oct 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9732106
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edgar Evans (7 Mar 1876–29 Mar 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9732106, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Body lost or destroyed.