Edgar ran away to join the Royal Navy.
He was well-built, weighing over 180 lbs and became a physical training instructor at HMS Excellent, WhaleIsland, Portsmouth and later a naval gunnery instructor.
It was at this time (1897) that he first met Captain Robert Falcon Scott, while serving on the HMS ‘Majestic’, a Royal Navy warship.
Petty Officer Edgar Evans joined Scott on both the Discovery and Terra Nova expeditions.
He joined Scott’s first expedition to the Antarctica in 1901, aboard the ship the ‘Discovery’.