Bimport, Shaftesbury 5

Humphrey Silvester Evans

Surname: Evans
Other names: Humphrey Silvester
Other people in this story:
Charles Silvester Evans
Lilian Mary Evans née Barton
Phyllis Evans née Wheeler
Locations in this story:
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Carminia Road, Streatham, Wandsworth, London
Suva, Fiji, South Pacific.
France & Flanders
Castle Hill House, Bimport, Shaftesbury

Humphrey Silvester Evans was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset in 1890 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 2nd November 1890. He was the son of Dr. Charles Silvester Evans and Lilian Mary Evans (née Barton). They were living at Castle Hill House, Bimport, Shaftesbury at the time of the 1891 Census. Following the death of Humphrey's father in 1896, the family moved to 59 Carminia Road, Streatham, Wandsworth, London. Before the outbreak of war Humphrey had started to study medicine but had enlisted on 18th February 1914 as a Private with the City of London Rifles (The Rough Riders) (Service No 2156).  He served in Egypt from 7 May 1915 and later in France & Flanders. He was, however, discharged on 15th October 1915 in order that he could 'resume studies as a medical student'.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals and the 1915 Star.  He married Phyllis Wheeler in 1916 and there were three children of the marriage. He went on to qualify as a Doctor and joined the Colonial Service. He held various Medical Officer posts throughout the world but mainly in Fiji where he died on Suva on 6th March 1965.

Source: Based on earlier research by Ken Baxter.

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