Lewis Pugh Evans VC

Name: Lewis Pugh Evans

Conflict: First World War

Gazetted: November 26, 1917

Service: Army

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Lewis Pugh Evans VC
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Place/date of birth: Hen-Blas, near Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire (now part of Dyfed)/January 3, 1881

Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Acting Lieutenant Colonel (later Brigadier General)

Date of bravery: October 4, 1917

London Gazette citation:

Maj. (A./Lt.-Col.) Lewis Pugh Evans, D.S.O., R. Highrs., comdg. a Battalion Linc, R.

For most conspicuous bravery and leadership. Lt.-Col. Evans took his battalion in perfect order through a terrific enemy barrage, personally formed up all units, and led them to the assault. While a strong machine gun emplacement was causing casualties, and the troops were working round the flank, Lt.-Col. Evans rushed at it himself and by firing his revolver through the loophole forced the garrison to capitulate.

After capturing the first objective he was severely wounded in the shoulder, but refused to be bandaged, and re-formed the troops, pointed out all future objectives, and again led his battalion forward. Again badly wounded, he nevertheless continued to command until the second objective was won, and, after consolidation, collapsed from loss of blood. As there were numerous casualties, he refused assistance, and by his own efforts ultimately reached the Dressing Station.

His example of cool bravery stimulated in all ranks the highest valour and determination to win.

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Other decorations: CB, CMG, DSO & Bar

Place/date of death: Paddington, London/November 30, 1962

Grave/memorials: St Padarn Churchyard, Llanbadarn, near Aberystwyth, Dyfed; Aberystwyth Town Museum, Dyfed

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased privately, 2008

Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum