2nd Lieutenant
Frank Norman Evison


About Frank Norman

  • Name
    Frank Norman
  • Initials
    F N
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
    27 October 1898
  • Birth town
    March, Cambs
  • Resided town
    Leicester and Cuckfield, Sussex
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
    King Edward V11 Memorial Hospital, Haywood Heath, Sussex
  • Date of death
    14 December 1944
  • Married
  • Occupation
    Representative with Smedleys, commercial fruit canners

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
    2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment
    West Yorkshire Regiment


Frank Norman Evison was born in March, Cambridgeshire on 27 October 1898, to parents Frank Arthur, a physician and surgeon, and Alma Elizabeth (nee Larkin).  The family lived in Broad Street, March in both the 1901 and 1911 censuses. He attended March Grammar School from January 1908 until November 1915.  Frank had a younger brother, Alwyne.

Frank was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Prince of Wales Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment on 27 October 1916 and served in France from 21 November 1917.  It was as a 2nd Lieutenant that he passed through Peterborough East Station on 14 March 1917.  He wrote in the visitors’ book “To the Ladies of Peterboro’ Rest Room I deeply appreciate the work done by you for the soldiers & sailors of our Forces, and have great pleasure in leaving my name as a memento of my visit here”.

Unfortunately, just nine days after arriving in France he received a gunshot wound to his chest at Gouzeaucourt.  He survived but developed pneumonia which was to hinder his continued service.  He was promoted to Lieutenant on 27 April 1918, and continued in the Army after the end of the war.  We found record of him serving in India from  9 March to 31 November 1920.  He retired on medical grounds in December 1921 ‘due to ill health caused by wounds received in the Great War’.  He was awarded the British War and Allied Victory medals.

Frank married Alice Isobel Day in 1930 at Coventry and they had one child, David W V Evison born in Leicester on 8 December 1933.  In 1939, the family were living at 60 Rowley Fields Avenue, Leicester.  Frank was a representative with Smedleys, the commercial fruit canners.  He was also listed as a retired regular forces Lieutenant and a member of the Army Officers Emergency Reserve during the Second World War.

Frank died on 14 December 1944, aged 46 years at the King Edward V11 Memorial Hospital, Haywoods Heath, Sussex and was living at Deans, Ashenground Road, Cuckfield, Sussex.

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