EVANS, Hector Edward
(Service number 78457)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 4 January 1894 Place of Birth Arundel

Enlistment Information

Date 12 October 1917 Age 23 years
Address at Enlistment Arundel
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience Territorials (2nd Regiment) - still serving
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin E. EVANS (father), Arundel, Canterbury
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

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 39th Reinforcements, C Company
Date 13 June 1918
Transport Athenic
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With 10th Platoon, 29th Reinforcements

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Date 29 June 1957 Age 63 years
Place of Death Ashburton
Memorial or Cemetery Ashburton Cemetery
Memorial Reference Area 266, Plot 30
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Hector Edward Evans was the younger son of Edward and Fanny Chadwick (née Baxter) Evans. He was born on 4 January 1894 at Arundel and educated at the local school. His mother died the year before he went overseas, and his father died a few months after his return. Hector Evans had been medically examined in August 1914 at Timaru but was deemed unfit. He then attested on 12 October 1917 at Timaru. Private H. E. Evans embarked by the “Athenic” on 13 June 1918 with the 39th Reinforcements, headed for Liverpool.

Pte. H. E. Evans, Arundel, was one of 402 Canterbury men who returned to New Zealand by the “Port Hacking” which was due at Lyttelton on 16 August 1919. He had embarked on 4 July at LiverpoolIn 1938 he married Mary Evelyn Major. He died on 29 June 1957 at Ashburton, aged 63, and was buried in the Ashburton Cemetery. Mary died in in 1973 and was buried with Hector.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [15 July 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [16 July 2021]; Ashburton Cemetery burial record (Ashburton District Council) [17 July 2021]; Sun, 8 August 1919 (Papers Past) [16 July 2021]

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