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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 08/04/1891 Liverpool. d. 01/11/1936 Sydney, Australia.

 

Evans was 27 years old, and a lance-sergeant in the 6th Battalion, The Lincolnshire Regiment, British Army, during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC. He was awarded the VC under the alias Walter Simpson with which he had enlisted in the army.

 

VC ACTION

 

On 2 September 1918 south west of Etaing, France, a patrol reconnoitring on the west bank of a river sighted an enemy machine-gun on the east bank. The river being very deep at that point, Lance-Sergeant Evans volunteered to swim across and having done so crawled up behind the machine-gun post, where he shot the sentry and another man and made four more surrender. After a crossing had been found and one officer and one man joined him, machine-gun and rifle fire was opened on them. The officer was wounded and Sergeant Evans covered his withdrawal under very heavy fire.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: NOT PUBLICLY HELD.

BURIAL PLACE: PARK CEMETERY, LYTHAM ST ANNES, LANCASHIRE. (ASHES INTERRED)

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Arthur Walter Evans VC, DCM

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30th October 1918 - citation in the name of Walter Simpson

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31st March 1919 - the published correction for his name

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