Dennis Frederick Langham Evans

Dennis Frederick Langham Evans. Born 15.08.1920. Died 07.05.1994, aged 73. Parents:Bertie Langham Evans, Gladys Evans née Weatherley. My father was brought up in Chaldon, Surrey. He attended Kings' School Canterbury in Kent, where he joined the Army Cadets,and also excelled at most sports, including running, gymnastics, rugby and cricket. He later joined the Territorial Army.

  At 18 he joined the Bank of England as a junior clerk, but in May 1939, as a member of the TA, he was called up to serve in the regular army. He was sent to France with the British Expeditionary Force (his regiment was the East Surreys, 128 Infantry Brigade), and he stayed there until June 1940. He never spoke of the evacuation from Dunkirk, but I do know that he was in the Pay Corps, and came back one day to his camp, to find it was gone. The story goes that he carried the trunk of cash back to England for use later by the Special Operations Executive. Alongside is a photo of Dennis while stationed in Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1944.

  He married my mother, Mary Jaffray, on 14th March 1942, (see photo alongside) but was later sent to India and Burma where he fought the Japanese. While there he contracted jaundice, but still did not return home until late 1945. I was born in August 1946! He NEVER spoke of his time in Burma, so I guess it was pretty dire! But he wasn't captured, for which my mother was most thankful.

  After the war Dennis went back to the Bank of England where he rose to become a senior Clerk in the Chief Cashier's Office.   It was well before computers - I remember that Dad could tot up a column of figures in double quick time and never make a mistake. He didn't even use a calculator.

  For many years after the war he was a member of the TA - 128 Infantry Brigade. He was also very sporty, playing rugby to quite a good level at Warlingham Rugby Football Club, and cricket for Caterham and then Chaldon. He adored both clubs and even after his playing days were over, continued as fixtures secretary, membership secretary, treasurer and, for Chaldon CC, groundsman. He also served for quite some years as President of both Clubs.  It certainly kept him busy! There were piles of papers in his study - each pile was for a different organisation.
 

My brother recently transcribed Dad's schoolboy diary from his time at Kings School Canterbury in the mid-1930s. Schoolboy stuff but interesting nonetheless. He loved jazz - Tiger Rag and the like. I still have a few of his old 78s somewhere.

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