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David Gerald EVANS

Date of birth8 December 1890
Place of birthRedcamp, Victoria
SchoolChurch of England Grammar School, Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressRed Camp, Moyhu, Wangaratta, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 11"
Weight188 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Evans, Red Camp, Moyhu, Wangaratta, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 February 1915
Place of enlistmentWangaratta, Victoria
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name22nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Osterley on 29 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Conspicuous gallantry and leadership during silent raid at Hollebeke on 30 September 1916.
Recommendation date: 2 October 1916

Mention in Despatches

Consistent good work. Courage and leadership at Pozieres.
Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).
Recommendation date: 6 October 1916

Mention in Despatches

An efficient officer with initiative and great ability as a leader. Consistent good work and gallant conduct.
Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).
Recommendation date: 7 March 1917

Military Cross

Courageous and capable leadership enabling an almost impossible position to be improvided and placed on sound tactical basis.
Recommendation date: 17 May 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWas mentioned in despatches on three occasions.
FateDied of wounds 20 September 1917
Place of death or woundingMenin Road, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death26
Place of burialLijssenthoek Military Cemetery (Plot XIX, Row A, Grave No 11), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Eleanor Lucy EVANS, Redcamp, Moyhu, Victoria

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He organized and personally led a successful bombing attack, consolidated the captured position, and successfully repelled three strong counter attacks. His courage and able leadership set a splendid example to his men, and placed an almost impossible position on a sound tactical basis.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: Pte Francis Evans, killed in action.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, EVANS David Gerald

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