As a young man, Henry Cope Evans emigrated to Canada to learn fruit farming in Ontario. He served with the Canadian Artillery in South Africa during the Boer War and then was a rancher and government-appointed range rider living in Macleod, Alberta. He was described at the time as a "keen sportsman and fine horseman" as well as a polo player. The day after war was declared, at the age of 35, he enlisted in the 19th Alberta Dragoons and went overseas with the First Contingent. As a Sergeant, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps on 13 September 1915 and was commissioned a Temporary 2nd Lieutenant, becoming an Observer on 13 December 1915. 2nd Lieutenant Evans received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2603 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Farnborough on 23 May 1916. Posted to Home Establishment on 26 January 1916, he completed pilot training and became a Flying Officer on 15 May 1916. He joined 24 Squadron on 4 July 1916 and flew for two months, earning a Distinguished Service Order. He was killed in action on 3 September 1916 by German anti-aircraft fire while on a morning offensive patrol over the British Fourth Army front.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Temp. 2nd Lt. Henry Cope Evans, Gen. List, attd. R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and skill on many occasions in attacking hostile aircraft, frequently against large odds. In one fortnight he brought down 4 enemy machines, returning on one occasion with his machine badly damaged.