Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2009, Lieutenant Mark Evison, 1st Battalion, the Welsh Guards, died at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham from wounds received three days earlier in Afghanistan. He had been leading a patrol outside Check Point Haji Alem in Helmand province when they came under fire and he was wounded. Lieutenant Evison was flown home to hospital but he could not be saved.
Educated at Dulwich College, he won a music scholarship to Charterhouse School in Godalming, and then attended Oxford Brookes University and the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. He received his commission in December of 2007. Before his death his company commander had commented in a report that he was ‘an exceptionally impressive young officer who combines real talent with great humility and charm and who displays more potential than any officer with whom I have worked”. He loved army life, the comradeship and the adventure, and truly cared for those under his command. Lieutenant Evison was well-liked and respected by all ranks, remembered as intelligent and astute with great potential.
Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe MBE, said of him: “Lieutenant Mark Evison was one of the finest young officers of his generation and a truly remarkable young man. He was a natural leader - tactically astute, clear-sighted and cool and decisive under pressure. His platoon gave him the affectionate nickname ‘007’ - a testament to their high regard for his capability, style and charisma. They would have followed him anywhere. On top of this, Mark demonstrated great humility, modesty and innate decency in his dealings with others. He took great care to look out for the welfare of his soldiers. He was a very talented musician, with a great sense of fun, and a huge circle of friends. I suspect that his life, tragically cut short, would have gone on to shape history. It would certainly have continued to inspire those around him. His death has been a huge shock to us all.”
Mark, from Dulwich, was 26 years old.