|Date of Birth||May 28, 1887|
|Place of Birth||LaChute, Quebec|
|Next of Kin||brother, R. J. Evans of Oxbow, Saskatchewan|
|Trade / Calling||Saddler|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Battalion||28th North West Battalion|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Enlisted|
|Place of Enlistment||Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan|
|Age at Enlistment||27|
|Theatre of Service||Europe|
|Prisoner of War||No|
Charles Gilbert Evans, born on 28 May 1887 in LaChute, Quebec was the youngest son of John James Evans (1835-1915) and Margaret Drysdale (1841-1914). Siblings included Richard Gibson (1867-1935), Thomas Ephriam (1868-1896), Robert James (1870-1951), Samuel Howard (b. 1875), Henry Angus (1876-1948), Horatio Gates (1877-1904) and William Stanley (1882-1960).
Gilbert moved west and the 1906 Census finds him living with his brother Robert in Oxbow, Saskatchewan. By 1911 he was a harness maker in Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan and then worked as a saddler in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Soon after England declared war on 04 August 1914, Gilbert enlisted with the 28th North West Battalion in Moose Jaw. He listed one year previous military experience with the AM. His battalion traveled to England aboard the S.S. Northland at the end of May 1915. Gilbert arrived in Boulogne, France on 18 September 1915 and was transferred to the 1st Canadian Artillery Brigade on 27th October 1915. The following spring, on 22 May, he was attached to the 1st Divisional Ammunition Column and carried as supernumerary to Establishment 1st Artillery Brigade. Gilbert rejoined his unit on the 30 May 1916 but a month later her was posted to the 12th Brigade of the Canadian Field Artillery. He received a Good Conduct Badge on 26 October 1916. Gilbert was taken on strength by the 1st Brigade Ammunition Column on 20 March 1917 and that summer was appointed saddler. He had his first leave in September 1917. Gilbert spent a week at a Casualty Clearing Station being treated for gastritis at the beginning of November 1917. On 30 March 1918 he was appointed acting Bombardier. He had a two week leave to Paris in October 1918. Gilbert proceeded back to England in March 1919 and on 14 April 1919 sailed for Canada aboard the S.S. Olympic. He received his official discharge due to demobilization on 24 April 1919 in Kingston, Ontario.
On discharge documents Gilbert listed his intended place of residence after the war as Rouleau, Saskatchewan. The 1921 Canadian Census shows him living with his brother Stanley’s family in Winnipeg, Manitoba and working as a farmer. Shortly after this he moved to Kenora, Ontario and on 24 June 1922 he married Jennie Trimmer there. His occupation at the time was carpenter.
When Gilbert joined the Kenora Legion in 1940 he was living at 416 3rd. St. North.
Details of Gilbert’s life after this could not be found.
Photographs of Gilbert with the 27th Battalion are from the commemorative book of the 27th Battalion, Military District No. 10, 1915