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Mervyn Evans

Gravestone, Brest Cemetery, close detail (provided by Gildas, February 2010) - This image may be subject to copyright

Gravestone, Brest Cemetery, close detail (provided by Gildas, February 2010) - This image may be sub …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Mervyn AWMM
  • Surname
    Evans AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ391832 AWMM
    • WWII 391832 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 January 1916 Noel Smith Research Project
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr D.P. Evans (father), 26 Sanders Avenue, New Plymouth, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ391832 AWMM
    • WWII 391832 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Mervyn Evans was the son of Dafydd Pugh Evans and Josephine Strachan Evans, of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand.

      Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers. AWMM
    • Mervyn Evans was born at Opunake on 26 January 1916. After being educated at Central School and NPBHS he trained as an optician before working, and then becoming a partner, at New Plymouth’s Woodleigh Nurseries. He enlisted in the NZRAF in December 1939 and after training in New Zealand and promotion to Sergeant he was sent to the United Kingdom in August 1940. He was transferred to 40 Squadron and became a Pilot and Captain of Wellington Bomber aircraft. In July 1941 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for “great leadership skill and determination” during an attack of a dock at Rotterdam. He was killed in action on 24 July 1941 during an attack of a German battleship in Brest Harbour. His body was recovered and was buried in Kerfautras Cemetery. Mervyn’s brother, Llewellyn Evans, was later killed in action in North Africa on 18 December 1942. Public - Louise - Researcher - 5 July 2019 - West, J. (1995). Lest We Forget. New Plymouth: New Plymouth Boy’s High School Centennial Trust.
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About death

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  • Death
    24 July 1941 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    FranceEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Brest (Kerfautras) Cemetery, Finistere, France AWMM Plot 40. Row 2. Grave 6. AWMM
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