Edgar Evans - Welsh Polar Explorer - Swansea - Wales.
N 51° 37.082 W 003° 56.269
30U E 435072 N 5718972
Quick Description: Edgar Evans was born 1876 at Gower, Swansea, Wales. He was a member of the fatefull British Antarctic Expedition's attempt to reach the South Pole First. The 5 man team reached the Pole on 17th Jan 1912 but all perished on the return journey.
Location: South Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 7/19/2012 10:03:36 PM
Waymark Code: WMEXVK
"Edgar Evans attended St. Helen's Boys School before joining the Royal Navy in 1891, at the age of fifteen. His first experience of polar exploration was between 1901-04 when he joined the National Antarctic Expedition whose brief was to seek out mineral wealth for the British Empire. The officer in command, Captain R.F.Scott was so impressed with Evans' ingenuity, strength and courage that he invited him to join the British Antarctic Expedition's attempt to reach the South Pole (1910-13). The five-man team reached the Pole on 17th January, 1912 only to discover that the Norwegian explorer, Amundsen had got there a month earlier. Demoralized and suffering from the effects of a poor diet and inadequate equipment, the team perished on the return journey. Edgar Evans was the first to die. His widow, Lois ( they had married in 1904 and had three children), had a plaque placed, in his memory, in the Norman church at Rhossili. The Petty Officer (1st Class) is also remembered at the naval shore establishment on Whale Island, Portsmouth, where the Edgar Evans Building was opened in 1964, the first to be named after a petty officer rather than an admiral". Source: (visit link