Bertram Sutton Evans

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Captain Bertram Sutton Evans, M.V.O., Royal Navy (17 December, 1872 – 2 March, 1919) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Evans was a noted cricket-player, batting right-handed.

He entered Britannia in January, 1886 after placing ninth in order of merit of the forty candidates for naval cadetship that were accepted for acceptance following a round of examinations in late November, 1885.[1]

Evans was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in June, 1894.[2]

Evans was promoted to the rank of Commander in June, 1905.[3]

On 1 January, 1910, Evans was appointed in command of the third class protected cruiser Pandora at the Cape of Good Hope Station. In early 1912, he was severely chastised after a bad gunlayer's test in the ship manifested a "want of supervision of training & organisation for war disclosed in report." Evans was to return to England in the White Star liner Themistocles, due to arrive on 17 March, 1912. He sent a letter of explanation in February which, in the eyes of the Admiralty "did not fully exonerate him." He was appointed in command of Minerva of Third Fleet, on 11 July, but was superseded at the turn of August and joined a War Course which ran into late December, 1912.[4]

On 2 May, 1913, Evans was appointed in command of the first class protected cruiser Europa and Evans was promoted to the rank of Captain in June, 1913. On 5 August, 1913, he was superseded. On 17 October, 1913, Their Lordships allotted him Their severe displeasure for the "unsatisfactory manner in which he performed executive duties in Europa." He was placed on Half Pay for a period of 12 months in consequence, at which point his case would again be considered.[5]

Great War

Evans served as captain of the battleship Implacable from March to July, 1917.

He served as captain of Leviathan from April 1918, suffering a mutiny of sorts at Birkenhead on 6 October, when large number of the crew disembarked without orders. He was relieved of duty in the ship in December, having been considered to blame in the October incident.[6]

He was appointed in command of the first class protected cruiser Europa on 13 January, 1919,[7] but the appointment was cancelled at some point, possibly after Evans began an overland trip to Mudros to take command, as he died at the station hospital in Paris of influenza on 2 March.[8]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Star
6 Jan, 1900[9] – 1 Mar, 1902[Inference]
Succeeded by
John A. Ingles
Preceded by
Alexander P. Davidson
Captain of H.M.S. Pandora
1 Jan, 1910[10] – early 1912[11]
Succeeded by
Henry C. R. Brocklebank
Preceded by
E. Hyde Parker
Captain of H.M.S. Minerva
11 Jul, 1912[12][13] – 1 Aug, 1912[14]
Succeeded by
Mortimer L'E. Silver
Preceded by
Henry Luxmoore
Captain of H.M.S. Europa
2 May, 1913[15] – 5 Aug, 1913[16]
Succeeded by
Thomas D. Pratt
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Macedonia
1 Aug, 1914[17]
Succeeded by
Forster D. Arnold-Forster
Preceded by
Hughes C. Lockyer
Captain of H.M.S. Implacable
14 Mar, 1917[18]
Succeeded by
Charles L. Brendon
Preceded by
Francis M. Austin
Captain of H.M.S. Leviathan
8 May, 1918[19] – 5 Dec, 1918[20]
Succeeded by
Frank Powell

Footnotes

  1. "Cadetships In The Navy." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Dec 05, 1885; pg. 8; Issue 31622.
  2. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/266. f. 296.
  3. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/266. f. 296.
  4. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/266. f. 296.
  5. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/266. f. 296.
  6. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/266. f. 296.
  7. "Naval Appointments" (Official Appointments and Notices).  The Times.  Wednesday, 15 January, 1919.  Issue 41998, col D, p. 3.
  8. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/266. f. 296.
  9. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 2 January, 1900. Issue 36028, col E, p. 7.
  10. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 352.
  11. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/266. f. 296.
  12. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/266. f. 296.
  13. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 344.
  14. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/266. f. 296.
  15. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/266. f. 296.
  16. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/266. f. 296.
  17. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 401q.
  18. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 394p.
  19. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/266. f. 296.
  20. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/266. f. 296.