1. Memorial:Freemasons VC Memorial Great Queen Street

Awards & Titles:

Victoria Cross

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: Manchester Regiment 

Action : War Survivor 

Although many perished in times of national conflict and in the service of their country, many more survived including those interned as Prisoners of War. Stories of those who did survive are included as part of this site, especially those with high gallantry awards, those included against an external rolls of honour and those who had a distinguished career in wartime and military leaderhip.

Citations & Commemorations :

  Company Sergeant-Major Evans volunteered to take back an important message after five runners had been killed in attempting to do so. He had to cover about 700 yards, the whole of which was under observation from the enemy. He succeeded in delivering the message in spite of being wounded, and then rejoined his company despite having been advised to go to the dressing station. The return journey had again meant facing 700 yards of severe rifle and machine-gun fire, but by dodging from shell-hole to shell-hole he managed it.

William died in 1937 and masonic symbols adorn his headstone. The inscription reads, "In affectionate remembrance of William John George Evans. V.C. who fell asleep September 28th 1937, aged 61 years. Served in the Scots Guards during the South African War, C.S.M. of the 18th Manchester Battalion during the Great War 1914 to 1918, being awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery at the Battle of the Somme. The Peace of God which passeth all understandings."

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Wilton Lodge No. 1077 E.C.Unknown

2nd May 1921
19th June 1921
6th December 1921

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