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Commander (retired) Arthur Evans (19 July, 1887 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of a reverend in Derby, Evans gained three and a half months' time on passing out of Britannia.

On 2 October 1905, Evans was appointed to Roxburgh, but in June 1907 he lost a gunnery manual. On 12 November, 1906, Chatham Hospital diagnosed Evans with gonorrhea and epididymitis. Treatment caused his examination in seamanship to be delayed, and it was decided that he should lose this time in seniority. He passed his exam on 10 December, scoring 872 of 1,000 marks.[1]

In April, 1907 Evans was absent without leave from Roxburgh He was to be reported on following completion of each of his remaining courses. In one such report, H.M.S. Excellent's Captain Tupper wrote, "Conduct satisfactory, but he is a poor type of officer."[2]

On 23 September 1907 Evans was appointed to Warrior, remaining with her until 28 April, 1908. In February, 1908, his request to receive navigation training was refused. As he left, Captain Waymouth recorded that Evans had "abilities but is lazy & has little control over his men. Has lately contracted scabies & gonorrhea & seems very dirty in his habits. It is recommended that his promotion to Lieutenant be delayed."[3]

Evans was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 October, 1909.[4]

On 17 March 1917, Evans was admitted to Haulbowline Hospital with wounds on both hands. He was again fit on 15 June.

Evans was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 October, 1917. On 12 December, a Court of Enquiry probed the loss of a practice torpedo and damage to the propellers of Laurel found Evans to be at fault.[5]

Evans was appointed in command of the destroyer Ursa on 2 April, 1918.[6]

Post-War

On 3 October 1919, Evans grounded H.M.S. Vimiera and was cautioned to be more careful in future.

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Sabre on 1 November, 1920.[7]

In 1926, Evans asked to be made Officer Instructor, Bristol Division R.N.V.R.. From March to June of that year, he was placed in command of a group of minesweepers in reserve.

Evans was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Commander on 23 May, 1929.[8]

World War II

Mobilised on 28 September 1938, Evans was made Naval Officer in Charge, Dartmouth, but only for ten days. He was in stasis for some time, and reverted to the Retired List on 31 March, 1940.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Mignonette
12 May, 1916[9][10] – 17 Mar, 1917[11]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Henry D. C. Stanistreet
Captain of H.M.S. Laurel
16 Jun, 1917[12] – 2 Apr, 1918[13]
Succeeded by
Raymond G. F. H. de Caen
Preceded by
Philip A. Heyder
Captain of H.M.S. Ursa
2 Apr, 1918[14][15] – 27 Jan, 1919[16]
Succeeded by
Patrick Butter
Preceded by
Aubrey T. Tillard
Captain of H.M.S. Vimiera
27 Jan, 1919[17][18] – 2 Jan, 1922[19]
Succeeded by
Charles M. Blackman
Preceded by
Frederic G. Schurr
Captain of H.M.S. Sabre
1 Nov, 1920[20] – 15 Mar, 1922[21]
Succeeded by
Robin B. Martin
Preceded by
Frederic A. H. Russel
Captain of H.M.S. Cambrian
30 Jun, 1926[22] – 22 Jul, 1926[23]
Succeeded by
Miles B. Birkett
Preceded by
Trevor St. V. F. Tyler
Captain of H.M.S. Stronghold
25 Feb, 1928[24] – 1 Jun, 1926[25]
Succeeded by
Colin C. L. Mackenzie

Footnotes

  1. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/28. f. 31.
  2. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/28. f. 31.
  3. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/28. f. 31.
  4. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/28. f. 31.
  5. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/28. f. 31.
  6. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 922a.
  7. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 860.
  8. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/28. f. 31.
  9. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/28. f. 31.
  10. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 396bb.
  11. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/28. f. 31.
  12. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395.
  13. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/28. f. 31.
  14. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/28. f. 31.
  15. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 922a.
  16. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/28. f. 31.
  17. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/28. f. 31.
  18. The Navy List. (November, 1920). p. 890.
  19. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/28. f. 31.
  20. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 860.
  21. This is a guess, based on a difficult to read Service Record.
  22. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/28. f. 31.
  23. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/28. f. 31.
  24. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/28. f. 31.
  25. Evans Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/28. f. 31.