Josh, 18, is town’s first Bill Tutte scholar

Josh Evans, first Bill Tutte scholar ANL-150923-125624001
Josh Evans, first Bill Tutte scholar ANL-150923-125624001

A Newmarket student who received a near fatal gunshot wound as he celebrated his A level results, has been named as Newmarket’s first Bill Tutte scholar.

Eighteen-year-old Josh Evans, of Weston Way, was accidentally shot in the abdomen in an incident involving an air rifle with the pellet passing just two millimetres away from his major arteries.

Emergency surgery and a stay in hospital followed but Josh was determined to recover to take up his place at the University of Bath to read computer science. A former pupil at St Louis and St Felix schools in Newmarket and St Benedict’s Roman Catholic Upper School in Bury St Edmunds, Josh, who is also a Young Leader with the 1st Newmarket Scouts , passed six A levels scoring three A grades and three A* including one in maths.

The scholarship was set up by the Bill Tutte Memorial working group as a lasting tribute to the Second World War codebreaker who was born in Newmarket and went to school in Cheveley. Group members raised the funds for The Codebreaker sculpture which was unveiled on Rutland Hill a year ago and raised funds to endow the scholarship which aims to give £1,000 a year for three years to a local student studying maths and/or computer science at university.

Josh who lives with his mum, Amanda Wallace, and sister Lucy, said: “Computer science has fascinated me from a young age and the scholarship will be such a boost for me. Bill Tutte was such an amazing man and hopefully I will do him proud while I am at university.”

Journal content editor, Alison Hayes, who is chairman of the Bill Tutte Memorial working group, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to select our first scholar and we all hope Josh will be the first of many. He impressed us, not just with his obvious academic talent, but also with his determination in the face of adversity, which I am sure Bill would have admired too.

“Now our task is continue to raise money for the scholarship fund so we can continue to help talented local young people realise their dreams and I would appeal to any local businesses, or individuals, who could help us financially to get in touch with me on 01638 564104.”

For more information about the scholarship go to www.billtuttememorial.org