Tuesday, December 5 – 1916
M.R. official and County Cricketer
The death occurred at his residence at Heaton Moor, Manchester, of Mr. Thomas Evans, district goods’ manager of the Midland Railway Company, in his 55th year.
The deceased was born at Stoneyford, Derbyshire, in June, 1852, and entered the service of the Midland Railway at Chesterfield in December, 1866. In July, 1874, he became chief clerk there, and in the following year was transferred to Liverpool as accountant clerk, going up the ladder until in 1889 he became chief clerk.
In April, 1893, he was appointed goods agent at Leicester, and when in January, 1903, the company inaugurated its decentralisation scheme he was made district goods manager for the Leicester district. In Aug., 1906, he was appointed district goods manager at Liverpool, and in January, 1909, was also appointed district goods manager at Manchester, the two districts being then amalgamated.
The deceased had latterly not enjoyed good health, and only as recently as July last was sorely stricken by the death in action of his youngest son, Lieut. James Bonsall Evans. Mr. Evans was the last surviving district goods manager in office of those appointed in the 1903 decentralisation.
Mr. Evans, like his brother, Mr. Henry Evans, chief goods manager, was, in his early days a well-known figure in the world of sport in the Liverpool and Leicester districts. He played cricket for Everton (the old club), Fairfield, Midland, and Sefton clubs, and also occasionally assisted Garston, of which club he was practically the founder. He belonged to the Everton Football Club from its inception, and on several occasions played full back for them.
Like his brother, Mr. Evans, was an excellent medium paced bowler. He had not command of all the artifices which made his brother so deadly in attack and which, if constantly cultivated, would have given him an assured place amongst the greatest cricketers of all time. He was, however, a very fine cricketer, and proof of his ability was forthcoming on the few occasions on which he found its possible to play for Derbyshire.
Against the M.C.C. at Derby, in 1883 he made 35 out of 121, and secured a couple of wickets in a low-scoring match. He also made 29 and 14 in the same season against Sussex at Derby, and took one wicket. While always taking his share in games it has been written of him that he never neglected his business and often had to forego a pleasure for the sake of duty.
It may be added that Mr. Evan took a great interest in Freemasonry, and was a prominent member of the craft. One of his sons was killed in France during the summer.
(Derby Daily Telegraph, 05-12-1916)