John Colvin Evans

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John Colvin Evans. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.

EVANS, John Colvin

Service no: 215 [1]

Place of birth: Borenore, 1893

Address: Tara, The Boulevard, Strathfield

Occupation: Clerk

Next of kin: John Westopp Green Evans (father), Tara, The Boulevard, Strathfield

Date of enlistment: 10 February 1915

Place of enlistment: Liverpool

Age at enlistment: 21

Fate: Promoted to Lance Corporal 16 May 1915. Embarked HMAT Ceramic, Sydney, 25 June 1915. Joined Mediterranean Expeditionary Force 16 August 1915. Admitted to 16th Casual Clearing Station, Gallipoli, 7 September 1915. Transferred to Mudros suffering from bronchitis 8 September 1915. Transferred to hospital in Malta suffering from typhoid 12 September 1915. Embarked for Egypt fit for active service 30 November 1915. Taken on strength Ghezireh 13 January 1916. Admitted to No 4 Auxiliary Hospital Abbassia suffering from mumps 27 January 1916. Returned to duty Moascar 7 March 1916. Joined British Expeditionary Force Alexandria 18 March 1916. Proceeded to France 25 March 1916. Wounded in action 1 August 1916. Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance suffering a gunshot wounds to the left side and leg 2 August 1916. Transferred to No 3 Canadian General Hospital Camiers 2 August 1916. Transferred to the 7th Convalescent Depot Camiers 8 August 1916. Taken on strength Etaples 21 August 1916. Promoted to Acting Sergeant 23 August 1916. Returned to duty 28 August 1916. Promoted to Sergeant 7 September 1916. Proceeded to bayonet course 9 October 1916. Returned from bayonet course 11 October 1916. Taken on strength 5th Training Battalion 28 October 1916. Marched in to Rollestone, England, 31 October 1916. Rejoined Battalion in France 18 September 1917. Killed in action, Belgium, 9 October 1917.

Date of death: 9 October 1917, Passchendaele, Ypres, Belgium

Buried: No known grave


John Colvin Evans was born in Borenore in 1893. He was the third child and first son of John Westropp Green Evans and his wife Elizabeth Anne Colvin. The family relocated to Albion Park where John attended the local public school. He completed his education at Fort Street Model School in Sydney.

In August 1911, at the age of 18, John commenced work at the Union Bank in Berry. In 1913 he relocated to the Kyogle branch, and prior to enlisting in February 1915 was employed by the Bank of Australasia in Lismore.

John embarked from Sydney in June 1915, a Lance Corporal in the 19th Battalion, A Company. He joined the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in August and proceeded to Gallipoli. After a short time on the Peninsula John became ill with bronchitis and then typhoid fever and was invalided to Malta. He was hospitalised again in January 1916 with mumps.

Lance Corporal Evans served in France during 1916. In early August that year he sustained gunshot wounds to his left side and leg. When he returned to duty at the end of the month he was promoted to Acting Sergeant then, a week later, to Sergeant. Evans served in the 5th Training Battalion in England until September 1917, before rejoining his unit in France.

In early October 1917 Sergeant Evans and a fellow soldier were digging out a waterlogged trench in Belgium when a shell exploded nearby. The fallout hit both men, killing them instantly; they were buried together where they fell.

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