Ap­peal to trace fam­ily of WWI hero Arthur

Midweek Visiter - - News - BY ANDREW BROWN andrew.brownNW@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @visan­drew­brown

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 shaun.pim­blett@sefton.gov.uk or call 0151 934 2062.

Arthur Evans was awarded the VC dur­ing WWI

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