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Charles Hellier Davis Evans

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 31), Page: 3 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 31), Page: 3 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Charles Hellier Davis AWMM
  • Surname
    Evans AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 10711 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 May 1873 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 7 October 2023 - NZ BDM Birth records
  • Birth notes
    Son of Charles & Eleanor EVANS of Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 7 October 2023 - NZ BDM Birth records
  • Address before enlistment
    85 Rutene Road, Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 7 October 2023 - Military Record
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Miss S. Evans (sister), 85 Rutene Road, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 10711 AWMM
  • Military service
    Volunteer service from 1900 until the outbreak of World War 1. AWMM
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 29 April 1916 AWMM
    Age 42 AWMM
    Accountant/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Commanding Officer (CO) and Founder of NZ Cyclist Corps.

      Went to Australia after being discharged. AWMM
    • Refer to this website for stories & Photos of the EVANS Family of Manutuke, Gisborne: Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 7 October 2023 -
    • Charles EVANS was appointed a captain in the Wellington Mounted Rifles in 1911 and working as an accountant prior to World War I
      The NZ Cyclist Battalion, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Charles Evans, played a significant role in the 1918 Battle of the Marne. Drawn from Mounted Rifles Reinforcements, the NZ Cyclist Corps was established under Evans in April 1916, as mobile infantry for patrolling and exploiting breaks in the enemy line. As part of Godley’s Corps Troops, the unit was separate from the NZ Division but, due to the static nature of warfare on the Western Front, were often used for track-building or cable-laying. Evans was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his work in preparing a cavalry attack during the Battle of Messines in June 1917. After being rushed into the line to counter the German Spring Offensive in March 1918, Evans’ Battalion moved South with XXII Corps and was attached to the French 5th Army for operations on the Marne. On 23 July 1918, Evans led the Cyclists in an attack on the French village of Marfaux which, after losing nearly a third of their unit killed or wounded, they managed to wrest from the Germans. Evans’ bravery and leadership were recognized with the award of the Croix de Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur in March 1919. Other unit members were also decorated by the French and the Battalion was honoured by the representation of a Fanion from the Commander of the French 5th Army, General Berthelot in July 1919. Evans took his discharge in November 1919 and subsequently settled in Australia.
      d. 1956 Charles H D EVANS died aged 83yrs in Australia Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 12 December 2023 -
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • External links
  • References
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      31: 3 AWMM
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
    • Regimental history of New Zealand Cyclist Corps in the Great War, 1914-1918. (2004). Uckfield, England: Naval and Military Press AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 5: Includes portrait AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
12 December 2023Lorraine MonaGisborne Researcher
19 December 2016VictoriaWellington, New ZealandResearcher
25 April 2015Te PapaWellingtonOther

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