Francis Thomas (Frank) EVANS

EVANS, Francis Thomas

Service Number: C578
Enlisted: 9 February 1917, Enoggera, Qld.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Pioneer Battalion
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 15 September 1886
Home Town: Fairfield, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Timber Cutter
Died: Accidental Head Injuties, Coorparoo,, Queensland, Australia, 9 June 1917, aged 30 years
Cemetery: South Brisbane Cemetery, Queensland
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Memorials: Coorparoo Roll of Honor, Queensland Garden of Remembrance (Pinnaroo), Qld
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9 Feb 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, C578, 4th Pioneer Battalion, Enoggera, Qld.

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Husband of Edith Mary EVANS nee HATCHMAN

The discovery of the body of the man Francis Thomas Evans, at Coorparoo on Saturday morning had a further sequel in the Police Court today when two new arrestees, Henry Charles McStravick (30, motor driver) and Edward Selbourne Fass (25, railway employee) were charged that on the 9th of June, at Cleveland, conjointly with Emmett James 
McStravick, they murdered Evans. The proceedings drew their chief interest from the evidence of Alfred Francis West, a private in the A.I.F., who was a member of the motor car party that journeyed to Cleveland and back on Friday night. His evidence was that he and Evans were together in town on Friday night, and Evans invited the three accused for a motor run. The invitation was accepted and the party of five journeyed to Cleveland, partaking of drinks at hotels en route. When in the bar of an hotel at Cleveland, a  difference occurred between Evans and Emmett McStravick as to who was to pay for the motor car. The hotel-keeper ordered the party to leave, and further argument ensued  between Evans and McStavrick outside. McStravick, who was in a fighting attitude, made a blow at Evans, who fell backwards, and lay on his back. Evans was lifted into the  motor car, and the home run was commenced. Witness fell asleep until the car drew up in the city, when observing that Evans was not present, he asked what happened to him. Witness received no reply, and he went to his home, in South Brisbane. In answer to the Police Magistrate, witness said that Evans was in a fairly drunken condition. It  was an understood thing that Evans was to pay for the motor car. The accused were remanded until Monday next.

BRISBANE. June 13.
A case that has an indirect connection with the Coorparoo tragedy, in a smuch as the accused man was identical with the deceased (Francis Thomas Evans), came under the  notice of Mr. Archdall, Police Magistrate, in the City Police Court this morning. Early in April Evans was arrested by thc police on the complaint of a motor driver named William Masters, who alleged that Evans refused to pay, on demand- the legal fare of £2 for the hire of his motor car. Evans admitted the charge, and, on his own application, obtained time, to settle the debt, In the meantime. Evans, who enlisted, was detained by the military authorities.
The case was then adjourned indefinitly so that Evans could appear and pay the money into Court. On Evans's name being called this morning Sub-inspector Prosnah pointed out to Mr. Archdall that Evans was tte man who had been found dead at Coorparoo and asked that the case be struck out. Mr. Archdall made the necessary entry in the charge-book.