|Physical description||Brass, Cotton, Gold bullion braid, Wool, Wool flannel|
|Date made||c 1915-1918|
First World War, 1914-1918
New Zealand Army officers service dress tunic : Lieutenant Colonel C H D Evans, New Zealand Cyclist Battalion
Khaki New Zealand Army officers service dress tunic. The tunic fastens down the centre front with four large brass 'NEW ZEALAND FORCES' buttons. There are two pleated breast pockets with triple pointed flaps, and expanding pockets at each hip with rectangular flaps, all fastened by small brass 'NEW ZEALAND FORCES' buttons. A brass belt hook is fitted on both sides of the waist. Above the left breast pocket is a ribbon bar for the Distinguished Service Order, British War Medal 1914-20, Victory Medal, New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal, Volunteer Officers Decoration, King George VI Coronation Medal 1937 and the Legion d'Honneur Croix de Chevalier. New Zealand Cyclist Corps badges are attached to each side of the collar. Attached to each shoulder strap is a curved, voided brass 'NZCC title. At the top of each sleeve is the red on white diamond shaped colour patch of 2 ANZAC Cyclist Battalion. The cuffs bear the braided rank insignia of lieutenant colonel. Sewn above this on the right sleeve are four blue overseas service chevrons, and on the left is a gold bullion braid wound stripe. A lanyard is worn around the left shoulder and attached is a whistle which is carried in the left breast pocket. The whistle is marked 'J.HUDSON&CO/ BIRMINGHAM/ 1916'.
Associated with the service of 10711 Lieutenant Colonel Charles Hellier Davis Evans, born in Gisborne, New Zealand on 28 May 1873. Evans enlisted in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) on 13 December 1915. He was serving as a major in command of 'A' Squadron, 13 Mounted Rifles when he accepted command of the newly formed 1 New Zealand Cyclist Company in March 1916. Evans and the Cyclist Company embarked from Wellington aboard SS Mokoia on 6 May, arriving in Suez, Egypt on 22 June and then making their way to the Western Front. On 22 July 1 New Zealand Cyclist Company joined with 2 Australian Division Cyclist Company to form 2 ANZAC Cyclist Battalion. The battalion was commanded by Evans and comprised a headquarters, two New Zealand companies and an Australian company. In the following months the battalion moved towards the front and members were deployed for duty as front-line troops as well as undertaking cable burying, traffic control and reconnaissance work. During the battle of Messines in early June 1917, 2 ANZAC Cyclist Battalion was tasked with preparing a track from the reserve line, through the support and front lines, across no man’s land and through German trenches to enable the passage of mounted troops. Evans was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his gallant actions in this work during the battle between 5 and 9 June. In late September Evans was placed in charge of cable laying operations in preparation for the Passchendaele advance. In November the battalion continued laying cables around the newly captured territory east of Ypres. On 1 January 1918, 2 ANZAC Cyclist Battalion became part of XXII Corps and was renamed XXII Corps Cyclist Battalion. The battalion was now a wholly New Zealand unit, with the former Australian company being replaced by a newly raised New Zealand company. To reflect this, the unit's name was again changed in September to New Zealand Cyclist Battalion. In mid April Evans was gassed when the battalion came under intense enemy shelling while stationed at Kemmel as part of the second phase of the German Spring Offensive. Several days later Evans was inspecting the defensive line at Veirstraat with Adjutant Captain C A Dickeson, MC, when a shell burst between them, killing Dickeson instantly. Evans escaped unhurt but was severely shaken and admitted to hospital, rejoining his unit on 17 May. On 23 July Evans directed the battalion’s operations in the capture of the French village of Marfaux for which he was awarded the Legion d'Honneur Croix de Chevalier. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 31 October. In July 1919 Evans was present at the town of Epernay, France for the presentation of a fanion (flag) to the cyclist battalion in recognition of the battalion’s efforts in July and August 1918 which saved Epernay and adjoining towns from destruction by the enemy. Evans returned to New Zealand on 25 October 1919 and was discharged from the NZEF and absorbed into the Reserve of Officers (Temporary) on 22 November.