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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Dixon Byron Evans (1860-1908)

Soldier.

Born in Ottawa on 22 March 1860, the son of Samuel Francis Evans. He was educated at Ottawa Grammar School. He married Eleanor Isabel, daughter of Sir Daniel McMillan, in 1904. He was commissioned in the 43rd Ottawa Carlton Rifles in 1883 and in 1888 gazetted into the permanent force as Lieutenant in the Royal Regiment, later transferring to the Royal Canadian Dragoons. He served, with the rank of Major, throughout the North-West Rebellion and took part in the operations against Chief Big Bear’s band.

In 1898-99 Evans commanded the Yukon Field Force. He served throughout the South AfricanWar, was mentioned in despatches, and attained the rank of Colonel. In 1901 he was made A.D.C. to the Governor-General of Canada. In 1907 he was appointed to the command of Military District No 10. When the South African Reunion Association was formed in Winnipeg on 4 March 1903, Colonel Evans became the first president. He was a founding member, in 1905, of the St. Charles Country Club.

Evans died at Battle Creek, Michigan on 24 August 1908, where he had gone a few weeks previously for reasons of health. He was buried in Ottawa.

Sources:

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Page revised: 30 May 2009

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