Roger Evans, who died at his home in Somerset in October, was born in 1886.

He was commissioned into the 7th Hussars from the Honourable Artillery Company in 1911 and joined the Regiment at Bangalore in the following year.

He became Adjutant in 1914 and was given command of “B” Squadron shortly before the Regiment sailed for Mesopotamia late in 1917.

He and his squadron greatly distinguished themselves at the battle of Khan Bagdadi early in the following year; his quick and resolute action in getting across the Turkish escape route was a major cause of their crushing defeat and won him the Military Cross.

In 1921 he was transferred to The Royal Horse Guards and commanded the 5th Inniskilling Dragoon Guards from 1929 to 1933.

After holding a number of important appointments he retired in 1944. He was Colonel of the 5th Inniskilling Dragoon Guards from 1937 to 1947, and in addition to writing a History of that Regiment, he also published “The Years Between”, a history of the 7th Hussars from 1911 to 1939. This interesting and entertaining book, the result of much careful research, is of great value in filling a gap in the Regimental records.

After his retirement, Roger Evans settled in Somerset, of which county he was a Deputy Lieutenant and, in 1955, High Sheriff.

Up to his death, he took an active part in local affairs being Chairman of the Territorial Association and the County Police Authority, as well as Controller of Civil Defence.

Our deep sympathy goes to his widow and three sons.

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