Appeal to trace family of WWI hero Arthur
THE Mayor of Sefton is asking for help to trace the family of a Seaforth WWI hero. Arthur Evans received the Victoria Cross after an incredible act of single-handed bravery under heavy German fire in France, 1918.
On the day in question, Lance Sergeant Evans’s 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, his fellow soldiers came under fire and he again, single-handedly, used cover fire to help withdraw his injured comrades.
Little is known about Arthur’s life away from the battlefield, but he died in Sydney, Australia, at the age of 45.
He is one of five VC recipients who will be honoured by Sefton Council and the Department for Communities and Local Government with special commemorative stones at civic memorials around the borough.
Arthur’s stone is to be laid on August 31, and the Mayor of Sefton is urging family members to come forward to be a part of the service.
Cllr Dave Robinson said: “We know Arthur was born and raised in Seaforth and, after the First World War, emigrated to Australia.
“All efforts 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 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, can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 934 2062.
Arthur Evans was awarded the VC during WWI