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In memory of alumnus Lieutenant Mark Evison

Lieutenant Mark Evison

Oxford Brookes University offers its condolences to the family and friends of Lieutenant Mark Lawrence Evison ’06, of the 1st Battalion, The Welsh Guards, who was shot while on patrol in Afghanistan and later died of his wounds.

Lieutenant Evison was an alumnus of the School of the Built Environment, having graduated in Real Estate Management in 2006. He then trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Welsh Guards on 14 December 2007.

David Shiers, senior lecturer in the Real Estate and Construction Management department and Lieutenant Evison’s personal tutor, paid tribute to the former Oxford Brookes student.

“Reading the many heartfelt and moving tributes paid by his family, friends and fellow soldiers, those of us who taught Mark immediately recognised the student we knew.

“Mark was one of life’s great enthusiasts; energetic and always looking for new challenges which he would take pride and pleasure in meeting. His drive and resourcefulness were obvious characteristics but there was also a warm and generous personality and the sensitivity evident in his achievements in music was also apparent in his dealings with others.

“Projects and assignments which involved team working always brought out the best in him and he consistently attained good marks for this work – achieving one of the highest marks in the whole year for one particular integrated team module. It was no surprise to us that he had forged his talents and abilities into a mature sense of duty and responsibility for others.

“We were all deeply saddened by the loss of someone who we know would have gone on to achieve many more excellent things in his life and who would have continued to bring so much into the lives of others.”

Please visit the Ministry of Defence website or BBC.co.uk for further tributes to Lieutenant Mark Evison.