Glyndwr David Evans

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Glyn Evans, 1905. University of Ballarat Historical Collection (Cat. No. 533)

Glyndwr David Evans was a student at the Ballarat School of Mines who later served with the A.I.F. in World War One.



Glyndwr Evans was a native of Treorchy in the Welsh Rhondda Valley. He emigrated to Australia with his parents[1] John and Martha (Tydfil). Glyndwr's siblings were Thomas, Tydfil, and Idris. Thomas was killed in a mining accident in Queensland c1921. Tydfil moved with her parents to Maitland, and Idris was manager of a mine at Paxton, New South Wales. [2]

The Evans family had a long history in the coal mining industry in New South Wales, Western Australia and Victoria. John, Martha and children were at Newcastle NSW c1884-1886, moving to Wollongong where John was manager at Mount Kembla and Bulli mines. About 1897 they moved to Western Australia where John was in opening up the Collie coalfields as a mine manager. They left Collie around 1906 and went to Victoria and the Wonthaggi field. Glyndwr was working in Victoria when he enlisted for World War One. His parents had moved to Sydney where John was a consultant for 10 years before going to the mines at Greta, NSW in the early 1920s before retiring to Maitland. [3]

After completing study at the Ballarat School of Mines Evans took up a position as a solutionist at the Golden Horseshoe Mine, Kalgoorlie.[4]In his application for a commission with the AIF, Glyn declared he had completed three years of study at the Ballarat School of Mines, where he obtained a Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency, an Assayer's Certificate, and additional certificates in Land Surveying, Electrical Technology, Metallurgy and Geology.[5]

After joining the AIF, Glyndwer Evans served with the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company. His military qualifications were as follows:

  • Engineers Officers' Training School Sydney - passing all exams successfully March - July 1916 (14 weeks);
  • Seymour Military Camp as Sergeant and CSM attached to Miners Reinforcements. (14 weeks)[6]

Second Lieutenant Evans was Killed in Action at Hill 60, on 25 April 1917. He is buried in Belgium at the Railway Dugout Burial Ground (Plot VII, Row G, Grave 33).[7] C. E. W. BEAN mentions '…About this time, on April 25, apparently by the premature firing of a super sensitive detonator, which was being tested by officers in the company's advanced headquarters, Capt W. P. AVERY and Lts A. E. TANDY (Ballarat, Vic) and G. D. EVANS (Randwick, NSW), were killed, and seven batmen asphyxiated. Cpl J. W. SAXTON (Galong, NSW), one of the proto-men was buried and killed when trying to reach them.[8]

Glyn Evans Headstone, Railway Dugout Burial Ground, Belgium, 2012. Courtesy Caroline Winter


After the World War One armistice the Ballarat School of Mines (SMB) Students' Magazine printed a Roll of Honour.

394 SMB students enlisted during World War One, 18 students gained Distinctions, 87 students became Commissioned Officers, and 44 students were killed in action. One of those who paid the supreme sacrifice was 32 year old Second Lieutenant Glyndwr Evans, one of six Australians of the First Australian Tunnelling Company buried at the Railway Dugouts Burial Ground.[9]

Railway Dugout Burial Ground, Belgium, 2012. Courtesy Caroline Winter

Second Lieutenant Glyndwr David Evans' name is listed in the Ballarat School of Mines Honor Roll.[10]

See also


Lieutenant Glyndwr David Evan, eldest son of Mr. John Evan, F.G.S., was killed in France on Anzac Day. He was serving with a tunnelling company. He was born in Wales, and was 33 years of age, arriving in New South Wales with his parents when two years old. He was a mining engineer and metallurgist, and was educated at the Ballarat School of Mines.[11]


  1., accessed September 2012.
  2. email from Ray Bevan to Clare Gervasoni, 26/12/2013.
  3. email from Ray Bevan to Clare Gervasoni, 26/12/2013.
  4., accessed September 2012.
  5., accessed September 2012.
  6., accessed September 2012.
  8. Bean, C.E.W., Official History of Australia in the War, Vol IV, P 958.
  10. Ballarat School of Mines Honor Roll, University of Ballarat Historical Collection 536
  11. Sydney Morning Herald, 9 May 1917.

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--C.K.Gervasoni 17:26, 6 September 2012 (EST)

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