11 July 2010

Victoria Cross: W. G. Cubitt and L. P. Evans


Lieutenant, 13th Bengal Native Infantry

Born: 19 October 1835, Calcutta, India
Died: 25 January 1903, Camberley, Surrey

Citation: For having on the retreat from Chinhut [India], on the 30th of June, 1857, saved the lives of three men of the 32nd Regiment, at the risk of his own.

(London Gazette issue 22278 dated 21 Jun 1859, published 21 Jun 1859.)


Major (Acting Lieutenant-Colonel), The Black Watch; commanding 1st Battalion The Lincolnshire Regiment

Born: 3 January 1881, Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire, Wales
Died: 30 November 1962

Citation: For most conspicuous bravery and leadership. Lt.-Col. Evans took his battalion in perfect order through a terrific enemy barrage [on the 4th October, 1917, near Zonnebeke, Belgium], 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.

(London Gazette issue 30400 dated 26 Nov 1917, published 23 Nov 1917.)

Note: Cubitt (Col W G Cubitt VC DSO) was the uncle of Evans (Brig Gen L P Evans VC CB CMG DSO*), and also the brother-in-law of Lt Gen Sir James Hills-Johnes VC GCB.

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