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Lyndsay Dennis Evans

  • Service number
    • 414778 AWMM
    • 414778 Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - Military Personnel Files
  • Also known as
    Bun Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - family oral history
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    • Lyndsay Dennis AWMM
    • Lyndsay Dennis Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - family papers
  • Surname
    • Evans AWMM
    • Evans Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - family papers
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bun Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - family oral history
  • Service number
    • 414778 AWMM
    • 414778 Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - Military Personnel Files
  • Gender
    • Male AWMM
    • male Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - family papers
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Methodist Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - family papers

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    7 October 1917 Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - family papers
  • Place of birth
    St Helens' Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - family papers
  • Birth notes
    Parents lived in Papakura. For hygienic reasons, Lyndsay was born at St Helens' Hospital, Auckland. Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - family papers
  • Address before enlistment
    Family home was at 97 Wallace Road, Papatoetoe Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - family papers
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mother - Mrs Catherine Evans (nee Watson) Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - family papers
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 1942 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM
    • Single Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - family papers

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Tunisia AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • 414778 AWMM
    • 414778 Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - Military Personnel Files
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1942 2NZEF Nom. Roll 9, p.125 Attendant (mental hospital) 2NZEF Nom. Roll 9, p.125
    2NZEF Nom. Roll 9, p.125
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  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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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    • Son of Alfred Evans, and of Catherine Evans (nee Watson), of Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand

      Remembered on the Papakura - Karaka War Memorial AWMM
    • Lyndsay Dennis (Bun) Evans was born on 7 October 1917 at St Helen's Hospital, Auckland. His parents were living in Papakura at the time but apparently for hygienic reasons his mother had to get a train to Auckland and wait in a boarding house until his birth. He was the youngest of eight children born to Alfred Evans (b. 1870 Bombay, NZ, died 1937 Papakura, NZ) and Catherine (nee Watson, b. 1877 Paparata near Bombay NZ, died 1950 Papatoetoe). His older siblings Allan (1899-1977), Kathleen (1902-2006), Gordon (Tom) (1909-1984) and Stanley Vivian Myles (Mick) Evans (1911-1975) were born in Bombay, New Zealand, whilst his younger sisters Aileen May (1913-2004), Millicent Doris (1915-2007) and Sheila Doreen (1919-2000) were born in Papakura, New Zealand. “Bun” as he was affectionately called was educated at Papakura primary school and Pukekohe High School. After he left school he worked as an attendant at Kingseat Mental Hospital. He had a wonderful carefree childhood on the 45 acre farm his parents had in Papakura, where they moved to from Bombay in 1912, so that their oldest son Allan could have a secondary school education at Auckland Grammar. When they moved to the farm of unbroken land in Wairoa Road (now Clevedon Road), Papakura, it was covered with gorse and blackberries. They milked cows, which Alfred drove each morning to the creamery by horse and cart, leased land to grow wheat, grew all their own fruit and vegetables and supplied their own eggs and poultry. The farm was mostly dairy but with pigs, hens and calves. They had a comfortable but frugal life on their 45 acre mixed farm. Bun was particularly close to his sister Sheila (mother of Jennifer Clark) and they were great mates and did most things together. Sheila said that Bun was the favourite child and could do no wrong! He was sociable and popular and had some lovely girlfriends but was single when he went to WWII. In her memoirs Sheila said “A blow to the whole family was when Bun went to war in December, reported missing in April and three months later we had word that he had been killed in action. All his belongings were sent home a year later. This affected my mother’s health and from then on she deteriorated…I am sure her health problems were exacerbated by the grief she was suffering.”
      Lydnsay (Bun’s) paternal grandparents William Evans b. 1846 Portsea, Hampshire, England and Emma (nee Suter) born 1845 Funtington, Sussex, England, married 10 August 1865 in Portsea, Hampshire, England. Shortly after their marriage they sailed for New Zealand, arriving on the “Percy” on 1 January 1866. William Evans’ two older brothers Henry and James Evans had arrived in New Zealand one year earlier on the ship “Bombay”. They all settled in Bombay on their arrival. William Evans died 1920 Bombay and Emma died 1886 Bombay. They are buried at St Peter’s in the Forest cemetery, Bombay. His maternal grandparents were Thomas Watson, born 1828 Dundee, Scotland, died 1913 Bombay and Catherine Robinson born 1832 St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, died 1893 Bombay, New Zealand. Thomas Watson arrived in New Zealand, as a widower, in the early 1860s as a shipwright but a few years after his marriage to Catherine Robinson in Auckland in 1871 he took up farming and moved to Bombay. Catherine Robinson arrived in New Zealand on the brig “Pakeha” from Prince Edward Island in 1864. She was accompanied by her brother James Robinson who was first mate on the voyage to New Zealand. Thomas and Catherine Watson’s daughter Catherine Watson married Alfred Evans 1899 in Bombay, New Zealand. They were the parents of Lyndsay Dennis Evans. Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - Family papers and in the book "Ancestors & Descendants of James & Elizabeth Evans (nee Elliott) " published 2008 ISBN 978-0-473-12972-9 by Jennifer Clark. Book "Watsons & McLarens from Dundee, Scotland published 2012 ISBN 978-0-473-22101-0 by Jennifer Clark.
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    20 April 1943 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    TunisiaNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
    20 April 1943 Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - family papers
  • Age at death
    25 Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - family papers
  • Place of death
    Takrouna, Egypt Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - family papers
  • Cause of death
    • Killed on Active Service AWMM
    • Shot in the chest and stomach by German artillery Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - family papers
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Enfidaville War Cemetery, Tunisia AWMM VIII. D. 18 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    • New Zealand Herald - ROLL OF HONOUR
      EVANS - Private Lyndsay Dennis (Bun) previously reported missing, now killed in action. Loved youngest son of Mrs and the late Mr A Evans of 51 Wallace Road, Papatoetoe and formerly of Papakura, aged 25 years. Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - New Zealand Herald Death notice
    • LETTERS OF SYMPATHY
      M.R. JONES C/- H E Jones, King St, Pukekohe. 22 May 1944
      Dear Mr Evans
      I arrived back here a month ago and received your letter from my father...As you have gone to so much trouble I'll try and tell you what happened to your brother, that is if the one I know was your brother. The one I knew was Bunny Evans in B. Coy 21st Bn. Although I did not know him personally I can tell you what happened. When we were in the line there were that many chaps going out and coming in we really did not get to know many outside our own platoon. Colin Holmes, a friend of mine, was killed the same night and I went and saw his people last week.
      On the night of April 19-20 we went into an attack and as our company was on the flank of the line we were pushed out of our course and ran into more trouble than we could manage. Most of us got within thirty yards of the Germans before we were knocked out. Three out of twenty-four in our platoon managed to get back. About an hour later after things had died down a little German patrol came out and picked up all the wounded men which were all from our company. There were thirteen of us all together but four died very shortly after being carried in. It is hard to write this letter but one of those four was Bunny Evans. I was not very far away and none of the boys suffered very much pain. That was my third time wounded and everything seems to go numb when a man is hit. One thing was that we were all treated with respect and were handled as carefully as could be expected under the circumstances. I was in a German hospital in Tunis for eighteen days until the town fell. Then we were all taken to a British hospital.
      You have only my word as to what happened on this night but I had to tell you what I could after all the trouble you have been to get further information about your brother.
      I can't say any more but I hope this note will have helped you.
      Yours sincerely, Mervyn Jones. Public - Jennifer Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2018 - Family papers
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Papakura - Karaka War Memorial, Great South Road, Papakura, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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Sources

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2104092
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.125 AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM

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04 May 2018HeatherNew ZealandOther relative
25 April 2018Jennifer CatherineAuckland, New ZealandOther relative

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