|Place of birth||East Maitland|
|School||Fort Street Boys High School, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Other training||Technical College in Chemistry|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Grantham Street, Milson's Point, North Sydney, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||19|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs J Evatt, Grantham Street, Milson's Point, North Sydney, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Served as Sergeant in the Cadets, North Sydney area.|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Rank on enlistment||Sergeant|
|Unit name||20th Battalion, A Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/37/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Lieutenant|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||20th Battalion|
Unit: 20th Battalion
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
'For conspicuous gallantry in action North of Warlencourt in command of the first wave in the attack on Le Barque Trench.'
|Other details from Roll of Honour Circular||Passed the Junior University public exam (Sydney, 1911 with four firsts); (b) passed Technical College (evening) classes in Chemistry with honours; (c) Chemist in C.S.R. Co. till 1912-13. (details from brother, Herbert Vere EVATT)|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Westhoek Ridge near Ypres, Belgium|
|Age at death||21|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: Jane Sophia and the late John Ashmore Hamilton EVATT|
'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his men forward under very heavy fire in a most gallant manner, and succeeded in capturing his objective. He has previously done fine work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
|Family/military connections||Brother: 31079 Gunner Francis Septimus EVATT, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, died of wounds, 29 September 1918.|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western FrontMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal