Herbert Francis (Harry) EVANS MM

EVANS, Herbert Francis

Service Number: 591
Enlisted: 9 October 1914
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Ipswich, Queensland, Australia, January 1895
Home Town: Red Hill, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Stockman
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World War 1 Service

9 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 591, 15th Infantry Battalion
22 Dec 1914: Involvement Private, 591, 17th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '11' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ceramic embarkation_ship_number: A40 public_note: ''
22 Dec 1914: Embarked Private, 591, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
16 Aug 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 591, 15th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli, GSW to arm and leg
1 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 15th Infantry Battalion
4 Nov 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 15th Infantry Battalion
19 Apr 1917: Honoured Military Medal, Battle for Pozières , 'These two men [EVANS and 576 Henry James BROWNE] were acting as linesmen during the operations north west of POZIERES from 5th to 11th August, 1916, and displayed unexampled bravery and enterprise in carrying out their duties, and it was solely due to their courageous efforts that the service between Advanced 4th Brigade Headquarters and Concrete House (15th Battalion Signals) was so well maintained. The longest period for which communication was lost was for 5 hours on the morning of the 10th August, which was owing to inability to get a supply of wire. On the evening of 8th August, 1916, under a heavy artillery barrage, these men laid 4 wires to Advanced Battalion Headquarters, at least 800 yards being in open country, with little or no cover. Every night a barrage was placed around Concrete House, and these men went out and repaired wires and laid new ones. The great courage and devotion to duty displayed by these men is deserving of recognition.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62 Date: 19 April 1917
6 Oct 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 15th Infantry Battalion
16 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Sergeant, 591, 15th Infantry Battalion, 1st Passchendaele, Gas
13 Feb 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, 591, 15th Infantry Battalion, 1st MD

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From Paul Allen

Sgt Herbert (Harry) EVANS Harry SERN - 591

AKA MCGREGOR, Donald Herbert Auld

The graffiti at Naors Caves (see picture) reads: Cpl Harry EVANS. N° 591 HQ Sig. Sect. 15th batt 4th AIF C/O Mrs Jas Howe, Bridge Street, Red Hill, Brisbane, Qld, Australia.