Tom Alec Edward Evanson-Jones was born in Chorlton, Lancashire on 17th May 1896 to Dr Edwin Evanson-Jones and Sarah Evanson-Jones [née Good]. He was one of six siblings, three of whom died before reaching maturity. His father was a physician and surgeon who originally hailed from Flintshire, North Wales.
After completing his education at Wellington College1, where he attained the rank of Senior Sergeant in the Officers Training Corps [OTC] he left in the summer of 1914 to study medicine at Manchester University, but with the advent of war applied for a temporary commission on 15th August. Whilst at the school Tom distinguished himself in Athletics as a sprinter as well as playing outside-right for the Football Team.
Tom was commissioned as a Second-Lieutenant in ‘P’ Company, 11th (Service) Battalion, The Manchester Regiment, on 1st September 1914 based at Aston-under-Lyme, moving to Witley camp, near Godalming, Surrey in April the following year. One of Tom’s contemporaries at Wellington, and a fellow officer in the same battalion, was Stanley William Dyson who was killed in 1917.
On 30th June 1915 his Battalion sailed from Liverpool destined for the Gallipoli peninsula, going via Mudros to Suvla Bay. Here on 6th August having been embarked on ‘HMS Grampus’ the Battalion landed in SUVLA BAY, but on the wrong part of their allotted beach, and held on with considerable determination. This landing was made with the intention of supporting a breakout from the ANZAC sector, five miles to the south.
Moving along the water’s edge they set off towards the objective of Karakol Dagh, a ridge north of the bay. Having successfully cleared an isolated Turkish post at Ghazi Baba they moved along Kiretch Tepe ridge and were able to penetrate some two miles inland.
The following morning, Saturday 7th August 1915 Second-Lieutenant Tom Alec Evanson-Jones, ‘P’ Company, 11th (Service) Battalion, The Manchester Regiment, was killed in action. He was 19 years of age.
It was on 21st August that the following telegram was received by Dr Evanson-Jones.