This is the last cap badge worn by HJ Evans, a Liverpool pilot from 1885 to 1919. Evans was a serving pilot during the First World War. Liverpool was a vital port for the movement of troops and supplies, and was targeted by German U-boats. The pilots, already in a hazardous occupation, operated under even more dangerous circumstances. The threat from U-boats meant the pilot station at Point Lynas was withdrawn. Pilots had to guide shipping with the river front blacked out, and most navigation aids removed. Ships’ lights were reduced and means of communication severely limited.
19 pilots and eight apprentices lost their lives in the war, more then in any other pilotage district in the UK.