Leslie Furmston Evans


Mar 28, 1895

Born in Croyden, Surrey, England


Oct 3, 1912

After graduating from Brighton College in East Sussex, he embarked the SS Ionian in London


Oct 15, 1912

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario


Oct 21, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 15th Regiment, Argyll Light Infantry in Belleville, Ontario


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59310 (temporary number 936)

Ø      Next of kin given as H.F. Evans, father, 21 Norbury Court Rd., Norbury, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Bank Clerk

o       He is noted as formerly employed by the Davis branch of the Dominion Bank in Belleville, Ontario

Ø      Previous military experience given as 15th Regiment, Argyll Light Infantry

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “H” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


Nov 16, 1914

Appointed to the position of Pay Sergeant


Jan 1, 1915

Reverted to rank of Private and reassigned to “D” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Oct 9, 1915

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Frankland 59338, who had been invalided to England.


Mar 16, 1916

While returning from a work party when the battalion was billeted in La Clytte, Belgium, Corporal Evans was killed by a sniper’s bullet.  The official report in the file states he was instantly killed by a bullet to the head, however an eye witness account states the bullet struck the back of his neck.  His comrades buried him in the nearby Ridgewood Cemetery shortly after.

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. F.G. Evans, 21 Norbury Court Rd., Norbury, London, England

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr. Harry Evans, at the same address


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