Edward David (Taffy) EVANS

EVANS, Edward David

Service Number: 36818
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 3rd Cavalry Regiment
Born: St Asaph, Wales, 8 December 1928
Home Town: Townsville, Townsville, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Driver
Died: Natural causes (throat cancer), Townsville, Queensland, 15 June 1992, aged 63 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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6 Jan 1971: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Sergeant, SN 36818, 3rd Cavalry Regiment

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Biography contributed by Craig Vidler

Name: Edward David EVANS

Rank: Sergeant

Regimental Number: T191380l1l and 368 l 8

Date of Birth: 8th December 1928

Place of Birth: St Asaph. Wales, United Kingdom

Occupation: Driver

Marital Status: Said to have married in Malacca, Malaysia prior to 1952


Mother: Mrs Phoebe EVANS.

6 Bryn Rhoslin Street,

Wales, Flintshire. United Kingdom

Later friend: 

Mrs Wendy MASTERS.

25 Aplin Street.

Cairns, Queensland

Circa l980: 2/24A Clarendon Street,

Townsville. Queensland

Religion: Church of England

Service Outline:

Enlisted in the British Army 20th February 1947 and served 14 months in the United Kingdom, 4 months Palestine based at Jalama with the193rd Company (BulkPetroleum Transport) and 4 months Egypt as Driver Royal Army Service Corps.

Discharged 3rd May 1949.

Enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in London 2nd April I952.
Embarked London per Ormonde 1st May I952.
To 1st Armoured Regiment Royal Australian Armoured Corps, Seymour l9th June l952.
Driver 1st July 1952.
To Armoured School 15th December 1953.
Lance Corporal 28th May 1954.
Accidentally Injured in a motor vehicle accident at Seymour 8th May 1955.
Discharged Melbourne 23rd. April 1958.
Re-enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in Melbourne 1st December I959 and to Armoured School as Driver, Royal Australian Armoured Corps.
Lance Corporal 12th May I960.
Qualified Storeman Technical Course 17th July to 3rd  August I962.
Accidentally Injured with burns Ist December 1962.
Corporal 30th May 1963.
Enplaned Sydney for Singapore 17th September 1963 and to Australian Component Terendak.
Sergeant 18th November |963.
Enplaned Singapore for Sydney I6th August 1966 and to Tropical Trials Establishment, Innisfail.
To 1st Armoured Regiment12th December 1967.
Supervisor Transport 1st March 1968.
Instructor’s Course 4th to l9th June I968.
Regimental duties 3rd October I968.
To A Squadron, 3rdI Cavalry Regiment 26th January 1970.
Storeman Technical 12th March 1970.
Enplaned Sydney far Saigon 6th January l971 and to B Squadron 3rd Cavalry Regiment as Crew Commander Armoured Fighting Vehicle.
Embarked Vung Tau for Sydney per HMAS Sydney 6th November 1971.
Disembarked Sydney 18th November and to camp Seymour.
Re-engaged 1st December I971.
Qualified Crew Commander Armoured Fighting Vehicles 7th February I973 and to 3rd. Cavalry Regiment, Townsville.
Medically Unfit 25th November I976.
Discharged 30th November I977.



Awarded General Service Medal I918 with clasp Palestine
Campaign Service Medal 1962 clasp Malay Peninsular
Vietnam Medal
National Medal
South Vietnamese Government Star


Under current award provisions soldier should also be entitled to;

AustralianActive Service Medal 1945-75 clasps Vietnam and Malaysia
Australian Defiance Medal 
Pingat Java Malaysian Medal


Described as 68 inches tall. 139 pounds in weight, blue eyes and brown hair.

Died of mouth cancer , Townsville, Queensland 15th June 1992.

Also known as Taffy.