Major-General ACT Evanson CB MC

Commanding Officer - The East Surrey Regiment

Major-General ACT EvansonCommanded 1st Bn The East Surrey Regiment from 24th May 1941 to August 1941.

Arthur Charles Tarver Evanson ('Uncle’ to his friends) was born on 6th April 1895 and educated at Haileybury College and the RMC Sandhurst. He was commissioned in The East Surrey Regiment in August 1914 and joined the 1st Battalion in France in October 1914. After serving with the Battalion for a year he was seconded to The Machine Gun Corps with which he served in France, Belgium, Germany and India.

For his services in the 1914-18 War he was awarded the Military Cross and was Mentioned in Despatches. He rejoined the 1st Battalion and served in Egypt and Sudan. In 1924 he became an Instructor at the Machine Gun School, Netheravon. He then served with the 1st Battalion in India and the 2nd Battalion in UK.

From 1935 to 1938 he commanded the Depot and rejoined the 2nd Battalion in China early in 1939. In 1940 he returned to UK and after commanding the 1st Battalion from May to August 1941 was promoted to command 198th Infantry Brigade. After commanding two other Brigades he commanded North Midland District until he retired from the Army on 7th March 1947. He was made a CB in 1947.

He died on 13thFebruary 1957.

For details of his service see the Journal of The East Surrey Regiment Vol. IV No.1 page 5.

For obituary see the Journal of The East Surrey Regiment Vol.VII No.4 May 1957 page 124.


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