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Mayor launches plea to find family of Seaforth war hero

The Mayor of Sefton is asking for help to trace the family of a Seaforth World War One hero.

Arthur Evans received the Victoria Cross after an incredible act of single-handed bravery under heavy German fire in France, 1918.

On the day in question Lance Sargeant Evans’ patrol spotted an enemy machine-gun on the east bank of a river.

Heroically Evans volunteered to swim across and singlehandedly forced four German soldiers to surrender after shooting two others.

Later Evans’ fellow soldiers came under fire and he again, singlehandedly, used cover fire to help withdraw the injured.

Little is known about Arthur’s life away from the battlefield and he sadly passed away in Sydney, Australia at the age of 45.

He is one of five local Victoria Cross recipients who are being honoured by Sefton Council and the Department for Communities and Local Government with special commemorative stones at civic memorials across the borough.

Ahead of Arthur’s stone being laid on August 31, the Mayor of Sefton is urging any members of his family to come forward to be a part of the service.

Cllr Dave Robinson, Mayor of Sefton Council, said: “We know Arthur was born and raised in Seaforth and after the First World War emigrated to Australia.

“All efforts so far to locate any family have proven unsuccessful and now we are hoping a public appeal may bring to light any existing family who still live in the area or perhaps further afield.

“Arthur was a true hero and his actions on the battlefield of Etaing, France, are something of legend.”

Any one who believes they may be related to Arthur Evans or knows more about his family are encouraged to email shaun.pimblett@sefton.gov.uk or call 0151 934 2062.