EVANS, Bertie Nathan
(Service number 34653)

Aliases Enlisted as Bert Nathan EVANS, & thereafter
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 12 December 1896 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 23 August 1916 Age 19 years 8 months
Address at Enlistment Ellesmere, Christchurch
Occupation Teamster
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs M. EVANS (mother), Islington, Canterbury
Religion Presbyterian
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 20th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 7 December 1916
Transport Port Lyttelton
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Regiment

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 26 June 1919 Reason On termination of his period of engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Cowman; labourer; gardener


Date 23 December 1954 Age 58 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Notices Press, 24 December 1954
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Services Section, Block 1A, Plot 253
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Bertie Nathan Evans was born on 12 December at Timaru, the twin son of Morgan and Mary Jane (née Wooltorton) Evans. Along with his twin and an older brother, Claude Davis Evans, he was educated at Waimataitai School and Timaru South School. Although Bertie and Oswald were to return to Waimataitai at the beginning of 1909, it didn’t happen. It was not until after the outbreak of war that the family moved to Islington.

Bertie enlisted on 23 May 1916 at Featherston as Bert Nathan Evans, which name he used thereafter. A teamster at Ellesmere, Christchurch, single and Presbyterian, he named his mother as next-of-kin – Mrs M. Evans, Islington, Canterbury. Private B. N. Evans embarked with the Canterbury Infantry Battalion of the 20th Reinforcements, leaving for Plymouth, England on 7 December 1916 per the “Port Lyttelton. His twin brother did likewise. Bert Evans returned to New Zealand per the “Tofua” which was to arrive at Port Chalmers about 2 June 1919. He was discharged on 26 June 1919, on the termination of his period of engagement and awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Bert remained in the Christchurch area except for a brief spell as a cowman at Mount Peel in 1922. Bert Nathan Morgan died suddenly at his parents’ Christchurch residence on 23 December 1954, aged 58 years. He was buried in the services section of Ruru Lawn Cemetery, a services plaque marking his grave.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [20 July 2023]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [20 July 2023]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [20 July 2023]; Sun, 17 May 1919, Press, 24 December 1954 (Papers Past) [20 July 2023]; Ruru Lawn Cemetery burial record (Christchurch City Council) [20 July 2023]; Ruru Cemetery headstone transcription [20 July 2023]

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