Victor Arthur EVANS


EVANS, Victor Arthur

Service Number: 1918
Enlisted: 21 May 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bournemouth, England, 21 January 1894
Home Town: Marryatville, Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: St Peters High School, Parkstone, England
Occupation: School Teacher
Died: Died of Illness (Scarlet fever), Valletta Il-Belt, Malta, 30 October 1915, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Addolorata Cemetery, Malta
E. EA. A. 675.
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

21 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1918, Keswick, South Australia
26 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1918, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
26 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1918, 27th Infantry Battalion, RMS Morea, Adelaide
12 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1918, 27th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Surname: EVANS; Given Names: Victor Arthur; Date of Birth: 21 January 1894; Date of Enlistment: 21 May 1915; Trade or Calling: Student; Birth Location: Bournemouth England; Address prior to enlistment: 1 Clapton Rd Marryatville; Photograph sent by: Mrs F Evans
Source: State Records SA

Victor Evans was 20 years and 11 months on enlistment in May 1915.  Born in England he was the son of Mr John Evans and Mrs Frances Evans, of Marryatville in Adelaide's inner Eastern suburbs.  He was a school teacher by vocation.   He enlisted and was assigned to the 3rd Reinforcements 27th Battalion, embarking aboard the RMS Morea on 26 August 1915.

He was taken on strength by the 27th Battalion at that stage at Gallipoli, on the 12th October, but just five days later was evacuated sick via 7th Field Ambulance on the 17th October, recorded initially as having dysentery.  However the diagnosis changed to scarlet fever and he was evacuated to Malta where he died on the 30th October.  He was buried at Adolorata Cemetery, outside Valletta on 31 October 1915.

His family arranged a private headstone for his grave after the war.  His father, Mr John Evans, passed away on the 4 December 1917.  Mrs Evans subseuqently relocated to New Zealand according to the dates of correspondence with respect to Victor's war medals.

Death details via AWM Honour Roll

Awarded the following service medals:

 1914/15 Star: 22618

British War Medal: 18523

Victory Medal:  18454

Commemorative Plaque:  313664