HUGH EVANS: Six­teen months of war

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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