Arthur Samuel Evans

Canadian Expeditionary Force

Personal Details

Born: 25 December 1886 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 26 January 1887 at St. Alkmunds Parish Church, Whitchurch.

Family: He was the third of five children born to Samuel Evans, a stonemason and his wife Eliza, nee Adams. He married Doris Maltman on 6 April 1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The couple had at least three children, Doris, Joan and Donald.

Residence: From the time of his baptism until at least 1901 his family were living in St. Mary`s Street, Whitchurch. His mother died in 1906 and he and his family emigrated to Canada in 1909. By 1911 they were living in the MacDonald Districts of Manitoba. On his enlistment in 1915 he gave his address as 330 Roseberry Street, St James, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Between 1921 and 1926 and now married, his family were living at 177 College Street, St James, Winnipeg. At the time of his death in 1982 his home was in New Westminster, British Columbia.

Employment: He was a grocer.

Died: 25 June 1982 in Westminster, British Columbia, aged 95.

Military Details

Regiment: Canadian Expeditionary Force  

Rank: Acting Sergeant

Service Number: 829235

Date of Enlistment: 1 December 1915

Date of Discharge: 18 January 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Other Information: Whilst serving in France he suffered a gunshot wound to his thigh.

Medals and Awards

Arthur was awarded the Campaign medals (Victory and British War Medals)

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.



Arthur Samuel Evans — 2 Comments

  1. This is my Great Grandfather and I was honoured to know him as a young person. Always a refined and general soul. Thank you so much for your service.

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