HUGH EVANS: Sixteen months of war
HUGH Evans grew up on a dairy farm near Bonnie Doon. He was 26 when he enlisted in the AIF on March 12, 1915. He joined the 22nd Infantry Battalion which became part of the sixth Brigade of the Second Australian Division.
On May 8, 1915 the battalion sailed for Egypt and from early September Hugh served with the unit on the Gallipoli Peninsula returning to Egypt after the evacuation in January 1916.
The 22nd Battalion departed for France with the Second Division in March 1916.
On July 1, 1916 the British Somme Offensive began and on the July 7 the 2nd Australian Division was ordered south to the action at Pozieres.
Preparation for the battle was undertaken at Vignacourt and following the capture of the ruined village of Pozieres by the Australian 1st Division July 23/26 the 2nd Division moved up on July 26 to capture the important high ground beyond the town.
Initially unsuccessful a second attempt was made on August 4 which gained most objectives.
It was during this action that Hugh Evans was seriously wounded sustaining gunshot wounds to the leg and arm.
Taken to a Casuality Clearing Station behind the lines, he died there on August 7.
He was buried at Puchevillers Military Cemetery, France.