Sir Bernard Evans
Lt Col Bernard Evans in January 1942
|Born||13 May 1905|
|Died||19 February 1988 (aged 82)|
|Years of service||1924-1945|
|Commands held||24th Brigade (1942-43)|
2/23rd Battalion (1940-42)
57th/60th Infantry Battalion (1939-40)
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches (3)
Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity
Lord Mayor of Melbourne
Evans was born in Manchester, England on 13 May 1905. In 1913 his family emigrated to Melbourne, initially living in St Kilda, and subsequently in Hampton. After completing his secondary schooling, he studied architectural drawing at night, and then worked as a designer and builder. He was commissioned in the cadets in 1923, and the Militia in 1924.
In 1928 Evans established Hampton Timber & Hardware Pty Ltd and the Premier Building Co Pty Ltd, and on 21 September 1929 he married Dorothy May Ellis. By the late 1920s he had begun building speculative villas, and in the 1930s he was commissioned to design and oversee the building of houses and hospitals.
In 1934 he became a major in the 46th Battalion.
In 1937 he sold his business interests and travelled with his family to London. While in Britain he was accepted into the Incorporated Association of Architects and Surveyors.
Tobruk, (April-October 1941).
El Alamein, 1 November 1942, command of the 24th Brigade as a temporary brigadier.
New Guinea, 1943.
Land Headquarters Tactical School (School of Tactics and Military Intelligence), Beenleigh, Queensland.
On 23 October 1945 he transferred to the Reserve as an honorary brigadier.
Cadet Service: Cdt 2lieutenant 30 Jun 23 Cdt lieutenant 31 Dec 23; Occupation: Architect
|13 May 1905||Born, Manchester UK|
|17 Dec 1924||Lieutenant||Commissioned - 46th Battalion|
|23 Mar 1929||Captain|
|24 Aug 1934||Major|
|15-Dec-1939||30-Jun-1940||Lieutenant-Colonel||Commanding Officer||57/60 Infantry Battalion|
|01-Jul-1940||31-Oct-1942||Lieutenant-Colonel||Commanding Officer||2/23 Infantry Battalion|
|26 Dec 1941||Mention in Despatches (Feb-Jul 41)|
|30 Dec 1941||Companion of the Distinguished Service Order|
|30 Jun 1942||Mention in Despatches (Jul-Oct 41)|
|01-Nov-1942||10-Nov-1943||Brigadier||Officer Commanding||24 Australian Infantry Brigade (North Africa & New Guinea)|
|5 Nov 1942||Colonel|
|17 Nov 1943||Chief Instructor||School of Tactics and Military Intelligence|
|1943||1945||Commandant||School of Tactics and Military Intelligence|
|31 May 1944||Mention in Despatches (South-west Pacific Area 1 Apr-30 Sep 43)|
|7 Jun 1944||ED|
|23 Oct 1945||Retired - Reserve of Officers colonel (H/BRIG)|
On retirement from the military, he formed Bernard Evans & Associates, which became one of Victoria's largest architectural firms.
He served as the Melbourne city councillor for Gipps ward (1949-73), and during this period served two terms as Lord Mayor.
Evans was appointed/awarded:
|Knight Bachelor (1 January 1962)|
|Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) (30 December 1941)|
|Efficiency Decoration (ED) (1944)|
|Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella della solidarietà italiana (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity) (1971)|
'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.'