Douglas Lane Evans, the great uncle I never knew

Douglas Lane Evans was born in 1886. I know very little about him other than that he was younger than my Grandfather, and was killed in September 1916 in the First World War, during the battle of the Somme.  He was fighting with the 6th Bn Northamptonshire Regiment. I have a photograph of a very determined-looking young man (see below). I often wonder about how our family might have developed had Douglas lived. I mourn him and all the children he never had. In 2002 I visited his grave at Varennes in Northern France. The War Graves Commission look after the graveyards beautifully, and it was a very moving experience.

 

I found out recently that he had been granted a music scholarship to Kings College Cambridge.  He did one year of his degree, but the War intervened. Below is his entry in the Kings College Cambridge published register.

My cousin Peter obviously inherited his genes because he followed in his great uncle's footsteps, and sang professionally for some years.