John Lane Evans EM

b. ? 1882 Gateshead, County Durham.  d. ? 1941 South Shields, County Durham. 

DATE OF EM ACTION: 17/10/1910 Amble, Northumberland.

John was the third of five children born to Alfred and Elizabeth Evans (nee Lane) and was raised in Beacham, near Gateshead. Little else is known of his childhood before he began his working life on the railways eventually becoming an engine driver. He married Elizabeth Jane, and by the time of the 1911 Census he was living at 36 Centre Row in Acklington, Northumberland. He and Elizabeth had no children at this point. Little more is known about his life after this except it is believed he died in South Shields in 1941, aged 59. 



On the 17th October Evans was driving a locomotive with a set of empty trucks on the North Eastern Railway near Amble, in Northumberland, when he saw a little child in the four-foot way in front of the train, which was moving at a good pace. He shut off the steam, and, jumping off his engine, managed to reach the child and fall back with her in his arms clear of the rails before the engine reached the spot. His prompt action in the face of danger undoubtedly saved the child’s life.