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William Herbert Evans

Portrait of Major William Herbert Evans, Auckland Weekly News, 11 June 1941. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19410611-30-1. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Major William Herbert Evans, Auckland Weekly News, 11 June 1941. Auckland Libraries Heri …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Herbert AWMM
  • Surname
    Evans AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 2723 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    7 March 1899 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Eruera Street, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Killed in Action Public - Sally - Direct descendant - 3 October 2015 - Military Personnel Record
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs W. H. Evans (wife), Eruera Street, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1941 Crete AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 2723 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Rotorua High School Public - Sally - Direct descendant - 3 October 2015 - Rotorua Boys High School archives
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • William Evans was the son of Herbert Henry and Ambrosina Evans, and the husband of Ellen Jane Evans, of Westmere, Wellington AWMM
    • He was a founding school master at Rotorua High School, and taught English. He coached rugby and rowing, and was the OC for the school cadet unit. Because ex-pupils were signing up to join the army when war was declared, William felt compelled to go as well. He left a wife, a son James Arthur Evans and daughter Jocelyn. Public - Sally - Direct descendant - 13 January 2020 - Family history and Rotorua High Schools archivist
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About death

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  • Death
    24 May 1941 AWMM
    Age 42 AWMM
    CreteGreece AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
    Wife's grave plaque; Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 17 October 2015 - Personal visit
  • Memorial reference
    Block H Row 5 Plot 78 Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 17 October 2015 - Purewa cemetery and crematorium online database;



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  • Memorial name
    • Athens Memorial, Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
13 January 2020SallySydney, AustraliaDirect descendant
17 October 2015SarndraAuckland, New ZealandResearcher
03 October 2015SallySydney,AustraliaDirect descendant

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