Most Newport supporters will be familiar with the ultimate sacrifice made by players and others associated with our club in the two World Wars of 1914-18 and 1939-45. The memory of such sacrifice is honoured each year by the laying of commemorative wreaths at the club's memorial gates.
What will be less well known are the sacrifices made during those two conflicts by those who survived. John (Jack) Evans was a chauffeur to Lord Tredegar, keen on all sports, he played for the Newport first XV just three times between 1911-12 and 1913-14. According to newspaper reports he "was considered one of the fastest threequarters in Wales". Enlisting in the Royal Gloucester Hussars he was captured by the Turks in 1916.
Whilst a prisoner he wrote home, on one occasion asking "Is Map. Williams still at home? If so, remember me kindly to him, and thank him for the £1 he and W. Kelly sent. I have not had it yet, but I will get it allright" (Mapson Williams was a fine Newport forward playing around 150 games for Newport between 1911-12 and 1923-24).
Brief biographical details of John (Jack) Evans are given in the list of past players on this site. However the following article from the Evening Post tells the personal story of his experiences in World War I. Just one young rugby player from Newport amongst millions caught up in that terrible conflict. It reminds us that at the end of the day our heroes on the field can be even bigger heroes off it. Sadly it also reminds us of the capacity for man's inhumanity to man.