Mayor’s call out to VC hero’s fam­ily

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THE Mayor of Sefton is ask­ing for help to trace the fam­ily of a Seaforth World War I hero.

Arthur Evans re­ceived the Vic­to­ria Cross af­ter an in­cred­i­ble act of sin­gle­handed brav­ery un­der heavy Ger­man fire in France, 1918.

On the day in ques­tion Lance Sergeant Evans’ pa­trol spot­ted an en­emy ma­chine gun on the east bank of a river.

Hero­ically Evans vol­un­teered to swim across and sin­gle-hand­edly forced four Ger­man sol­diers to sur­ren­der af­ter shoot­ing two oth­ers.

Later Evans’ fel­low sol­diers came un­der fire and he again, sin­gle-hand­edly, used cover fire to help with­draw the in­jured.

Lit­tle is known about Arthur’s life away from the bat­tle­field and he sadly passed away in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia at the age of 45.

He is one of five lo­cal VC re­cip­i­ents who are be­ing hon­oured by Sefton Coun­cil and the Depart­ment for Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Govern­ment with spe­cial com­mem­ora- tive stones at civic memo­ri­als across the bor­ough.

Ahead of Arthur’s stone be­ing laid on Au­gust 31, the Mayor of Sefton is urg­ing any mem­bers of his fam­ily to come for­ward to be a part of the ser­vice.

Cllr Dave Robin­son, Mayor of Sefton Coun­cil, said: “We know Arthur was born and raised in Seaforth and af­ter World War I em­i­grated to Aus­tralia.

“All ef­forts so far to lo­cate any fam­ily have proven un­suc­cess­ful and now we are hop­ing a pub­lic ap­peal may bring to light any ex­ist­ing fam­ily who still live in the area or per­haps fur­ther afield.

“Arthur was a true hero and his ac­tions on the bat­tle­field of Etaing, France, are some­thing of legend.”

Any­one who be­lieves they may be re­lated to Arthur Evans or knows more about his fam­ily are en­cour­aged to email shaun. pim­blett@ sefton. or call 0151 934 2062.

Arthur Evans be­ing pre­sented with the Vic­to­ria Cross by King Ge­orge V; inset, Cllr Dave Robin­son

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