Topic: William Ellis Evans
William Ellis Evans was a First World War soldier with links to Heathcote Valley.
William Ellis Evans (Service no. 72100) was born on July 12, 1898 in Heathcote Valley, Christchurch. His father, Walter John Evans, was also from Heathcote Valley, and his mother was from Lyttelton. William was their elder son and received his primary education at Heathcote Valley School, passing examinations that admitted him to the public service.
Williams enlisted in Wellington where he was employed at Govt Life Insurance and served in the Technical College Cadets. He eventually joined the First Canterbury Regiment.
William Ellis Evans embarked for Liverpoool, Merseyside, England on May 9, 1918 aboard the vessel 'Maunganui' as a private in the 37th Reinforcements, A Company, New Zealand Expeditionary Force.
By May 28, 1919 Evans was discharged "on account of wounds received in action" and embarked on the return voyage to New Zealand aboard the 'Marama'. His medical report highlighted a bullet wound to the left knee involving the joint, which made him "unfit for at least 12 months".
- Online Cenotaph record for William Ellis Evans. Auckland War Memorial Museum
- William Ellis Evans' military personnel file. New Zealand Archives (Archway)
- Heathcote Notes. Star, Issue 12149, 27 October 1917