(Service number 13461)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank Sergeant Major


Date 25 June 1894 Place of Birth Maerewhenua, Oamaru

Enlistment Information

Date 11 November 1915 Age 21 years
Address at Enlistment C/- K F Read, Te Araroa
Occupation Farrier
Previous Military Experience Oamaru Senior Cadets
Marital Status Single
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.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 4th Squad, Auckland Mounted Rifles
Date 4 March 1916
Transport Aparima
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Auckland Mounted Rifles

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European
Service Medals British War Medal, Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


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

Post-war Occupations



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

Biographical Notes

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 ( [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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