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Edgar Evans, the "Welsh Giant", his story.,
This review is from: Captain Scott's Invaluable Assistant: Edgar Evans (Paperback)
This is a biography of Petty Officer Edgar Evans, who was one of Captain Scott's team on the final push for the Pole in 1912. It is a rattling good story. It is of particular interest because it shines a light on English social attitudes before the First World War. Evans was the only non-officer member of the team. He was the first to die on the terrible journey back from the pole. At the time the press and some members of the public attributed his collapse and death to a lack of moral fibre and education compared with his companions who were all officers. They were "Gentlemen"; Evans was not. Furthermore, the death of Scott and the other three members of the party were blamed on the delay caused by Evans' death.
Dr Williams puts the record straight. She describes Evans' background, and his upbringing in South Wales, which was tough. Scott chose him for the final push because of his strength and ability. In the light of modern knowledge his death was probably due to a combination of a septic wound, dehydration and starvation.
A sad story but very interesting and a very good read.