Capt James Oliver Richard Evans, MC & bar, R Welch Fus

1893 Jan 15.Born Pontypridd, Wales Correct with all initials.Registered as Oliver James Richard Evans

1901 Census. This is a possibility, and the only one I could find. Living at 7 Mill St, Tonyrefail. Mother Anne, and it is the next village to Penygraig where his mother lived in 1926

1911 census Living at 25 Gwyn St, Penygraig (his mother Anne lives in Penygraig in 1926, but details here point to 1891 birth, so I am not sure) One would need his birth cert to prove or disprove

1915 Apr 28. The undermentioned to be temporary Second Lieutenants. James Oliver Richard Evans

1916 Jul 25 Lands in France

1917 Apr 24. Gazetted MC. Temp. Lt. James Oliver Richard Evans, M.G.C. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his men forward in a most gallant manner, and succeeded in capturing two enemy machine guns. He set a splendid example to his men, and rendered invaluable assistance throughout.

The war diary gives more detail . The German Army had begun a strategic withdrawal from the Somme, and eventually moved back many miles to the prepared defences of the Hindenburg Line. British Fifth Army then moved forward and on 10 March 1917 James Evans’s company was in the area of Petit Miraumont; he commanded Number 2 Section of two gun teams under Sergeants Beswick and Miller, and was initially in Resurrection Trench. At 5.30am (the war diary records) "Lt Evans gun[s] moved via orchards, quarry in 26.a and houses NE of village to strong point in 26.c.75.25. Several Germans killed during advance" It appears that he also directed one of his other guns (his section totaled four) under Sergeant Chenery to an alternative position when he found a post he was supposed to be occupying was not constructed; Sergeant Miller’s team also advanced and killed four German snipers. In general this had been a highly successful Operation by the company and was virtually without cost to themselves. The war diary entry for 2 April 1917 confirms that he had been awarded the Military Cross and Sergeant Beswick the Distinguished Conduct Medal for their parts in the operation.

1917 May 25. Gazetted MID

1918 Bar to MC Gazetted. There is a full description of the MC actions on a relatives web site “For conspicuous gallantry and initiative when called upon to assume command of a company at Tara Hill near Albert on 23-24 August 1918. He handled is 16 guns with great skill during the attack, and later he led four of the guns through very heavy artillery and machine gun fire and occupied ground from which he was able to prevent the enemy from consolidating a new line”

1918 Sep 5. MGC. Temp. Lt. J. O. R. Evans, M.C., to be actg. Capt. whilst 2nd in comd. of a Co.

1920 Oct 9. MGC. Temp. Lt. J. O. R. Evans, M.C. relinquishes his commission on completion of service, and is granted the rank of Capt.

1920 Oct 25. Joined ADRIC with service no 866. Posted to B Coy

1921 Jan 29. His rifle went off accidentally killing a RIC Constable. Inquest report available

1921 Jul 1. The undermentioned to be Capts. Capt. J. O: R. .Evans, M.C, late M.G. Corps, with seniority 12th Oct.1920.

1921 Aug 6 to 2 Sep on Leave

1922 Jan 22 Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1922 Mar 30. Joined the British Gendarmerie section of the Palestine Police as a Constable.

1924 Oct 15. Palestine Gendarmerie in Jerusalem when he applies for his medals

1926 Jun 29. Arrives Canada from UK. He is a landed immigrant. A former police officr going to work in agriculture. His passport was issued in Palestine. His mother, Annie Evans, lives at 34 Amos Hill Penygraig, S Wales (it is near Tonypandy, and ties up with Pontprydd birth)

1960 Oct 5 . Died in British Columbia.

ADRIC

WO 339/41874