LEST WE FORGET

Warrant Officer Neale Eustace EVANS

Service No: 2281
Born: Penrith NSW, 16 January 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 3 August 1936 (at RAAF Station Laverton VIC)
Unit: RAAF Headquarters, Melbourne VIC
Died: Illness, New Ireland, 20 March 1942, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: No additional information
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 35, Rabaul Memorial, PNG
Remembered: Panel 97, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Warrant Officer Evans, an Ammunition Examiner, was engaged in demolishing the aerodrome at Vunakanu. He was in a party of Australians led by Captain Colin Lachlan McInnes (VX46497) (Discharged: 13 June 1946) of the 2/22 Battalion AIF who escaped from Rabaul on 23 January 1942 and left New Britain by pinnace. On 20 March 1942 Warrant Officer Evans died of malaria at Melik Plantation near cape St George, New Ireland, and was buried near there. His grave could not be subsequently located.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/109/54