(Service number 13461)
|First Rank||Trooper||Last Rank||Sergeant Major|
|Date||25 June 1894||Place of Birth||Maerewhenua, Oamaru|
|Date||11 November 1915||Age||21 years|
|Address at Enlistment||C/- K F Read, Te Araroa|
|Previous Military Experience||Oamaru Senior Cadets|
|Next of Kin||Mrs M. EVANS (mother), 14 Wellington Street, Timaru; 9 Hereford Street, Timaru|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 9 inches. Weight 163 lbs. Chest measurement 37-41 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes grey. Hair black. Sight - both eyes D=24. Hearing & colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. ull & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Teeth good. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. No vaccination mark. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||4th Squad, Auckland Mounted Rifles|
|Date||4 March 1916|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Auckland Mounted Rifles|
|Service Medals||British War Medal, Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||27 February 1919||Reason||On account of illness contracted on Active Service (malaria).|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Minor illiness, Apr 1917, Malaria Oct 1918
|Date||4 May 1954||Age||59 years|
|Place of Death||Levels, Timaru|
|Notices||Timaru Herald, 6 May 1954|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Timaru Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||Services Section, Row 114, Plot 9|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Owen Evans was born on 25 June 1894 at Maerewhenua near Oamaru, the third son of Thomas and Mary Evans (née Attiwell). Thomas and Mary were married on 11 October 1883 in Oamaru. The family moved to Timaru in 1910 where Mary Evans ran a tea rooms in Timaru called the Kia Ora Tea Rooms, near the Theatre Royal.
Owen married Edith May Cartwright in 1923 and the couple had three children. Owen was known for his golfing ability and a trophy was donated to the Pleasant Point Golf Club. He is recorded as club captain of the Pleasant Point Golf Club in the 1930s.
Owen died in Timaru on 4 May 1954, aged 59, and was buried in the services section of the Timaru Cemetery. Edith died in 1970 and was cremated at Salisbury Park.
Three other brothers also served in World War One: Eyre Llewellyn Evans, who was killed in action in 1918 in France, Harold Thomas Evans, and of Hugh McAlpine Evans.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [22 December 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5537 0038424) [06 January 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [23 December 2016] - not all detail entered; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [22 December 2016]; NZ Electoral Rolls (ancestry.com.au) [28 December 2016]; Timaru Herald, 6 may 1954 (Timaru District library) [30 December 2016]; SCRoll web submission by R Evans, 4 August 2019
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