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Evans Charles Heyland
2nd Bn. Border Regiment
26 october 1914
Son of Warren Edward and Helen Lloyd Evans, of Henblas, Llangefni, Anglesey.
Ypres Menin Gate Memorial
5 october 1910
20 november 1911
28 august 1914
22 december 1914
16 january 1915
16 february 1915
Gazetted Second Lieutenant to the 1st Bn. Welsh Regiment
He was stationed at Cairo , Cyprus , Chakrata and Agra , India
When war broke out was on his way to Cyprus, where he was to have been maaried at Troodos, the only daughter of Major W.N. Bolton , late Wiltshire Regiment , Commisioner of Kyrenia, but his leave was cancelled and he was recalled to rejoin his Battalion.
Landed in England
Proceeded to France
Killed in action nar Ypres and buried ,with two other brother officers who where killed the same day , in the gardens of Chateau Rosendal
To judge from a letter written shortly before he met his death, he must have had some exciting experiences :
' We have just finished our first eight days - divided between the supports and the firing line.
I had the worst bit of trench to look after with my platoon and did all right, but had a good few casualties , considering the 96 hours I was actually up - two killed and nine wounded.
I made two night expeditions by myself.
My revolver accounted for him all right, as we were only two feet apart.
The trenches are from 30 to 75 feet apart in most places and sometimes closer.
We are now off on a four days' rest which is absolutely ripping.
It is splendid to get out of the noise and to get some proper food and sleep.
I think, if anything, I am rather enjoying this.
Cold feet are the worst part of the show but my men are all such rippers, it makes up for lots.
I hate having them hit, otherwise it is quite cheery.
I had a sing-song in my trench the other evening ,which did not please the Germans.
I sat in a chair, which collapsed, and I went straight to sleep where I lay.
The strain is fairly big up there."
His Commanding Officer , Lieutenant Colonel Marden T.O. wrote :
' I regret most deeply having to inform you of the death on the 16th , in the trenches , of you gallant son Hilary.
As far as we can ascertain, his death was instantaneous from a rifle bullet, but many of his platoon were shot down at the same time, and there was no one in the trench who could give accurate information as to what happened.
He is a great loss to us , as he was such a good soldier and so popular with all ranks.
As you know, probably , he was selected to lead the Second Grenadier platoon, and had behaved so gallantly durng his former turn of duty in the trenches, where he kept the spirits of his whole platoon up by his energy and enterprise, taht I brought his name specially to the notice of the Brigadier.
He crept out of the trenches alone on several occasions and threw bombs into the enemy's trenches.'
He was a keen sportsman and a well-known figure in the hunting field at Montgomeryshire.
He was also an excellent shot.
At Cairo he made a considerable reputation as a polo player, and both in Cyprus and at Agra he was Master of the Hunt.
He was Mentioned in Sir John French's despatches of 31 may 1915.