HAROLD EVANS 

Rank: Private
Service Number: 2579.
Regiment: 1st Bn Welsh Guards K.I.A. Tuesday 6th March 1917 Age 23County Memorial St. Mark's Church, Saltney
Commemorated\Buried THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Grave\Panel Ref: Pier and Face 7D.

Harold Evans was born in Bangor Caernarvonshire circa 1894.   He first appears on the 1901 census, living at 3, St. Paul's Ter. Bangor, Carnarvonshire, his father Hugh Evans, 46, was head of the household and had been born in Penmaenmawr, Caernarvonshire and was a Shunter (Points).   Hugh's wife Ellen, 42 and the rest of the family had all been born in Bangor.   Their children, son John F. 13, daughter Edith M. 12, son Richard H. 10 and son Harold, 8 completed the family.

The 1911 census tells us that the family had moved to Saltney, Near Chester.  They settled and lived at 1, Jubilee Terrace, Saltney where Hugh, 55, was working as a General Labourer at the Steel Works. ( possibly John Summers & Sons at Hawarden Bridge Ironworks, as they were known then.  His Wife Ellen was 50 and they state that they had been married for 24 years and 5 children had been born to them, and they all survived.   Son John Francis, 23 was single and a General Labourer at the London & North Wales Railway.   Son Richard Hugh, 20 also single and a Porter on the same railway.  Son Harold, 18 and single was a travelling Draper.  Daughter Edith Mary, 21, was single with no occupation.   Youngest daughter Annie was 16, again no occupation was shown.    There was a visitor, Anne Ellen Jones, age 57 and Hugh tells us that she is a "Spinster."   Who was she?   A relation to Ellen Evans perhaps?

I cannot find any Army Service Records for Harold, but his Flintshire WW1 Index Card (Saltney Ferry F 12) tells us that he was reported missing on the 6th March 1917 and " later officially killed on above date".  The card was signed and possibly filled in by Ellen Evans, but no date was given, although most of the cards were signed in 1919/1920.  His period of Service was 18 months. 

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 about Harold Evans tells us that he was born in Bangor Carnarvonshire and he enlisted in Crewe, Cheshire. 

British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 about Harold Evans does not tell us where his first Theatre of War was nor when he entered it. 

Harold Evans in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that the Sole Legatee was his mother Ellen who was paid £5 1s 11d on the 3rd August 1918 and his War Gratuity of £3 10s on the 22nd October 1919. 

There was a another member of the family was also in the War and they were to suffer twice in 1917, as Harold's older brother John Francis Evans was also killed in action, according to his Flintshire WW1 Index Card, in January 1917 a few months before Harold.    Their grief was compounded.  

Please read John Francis's page on the link.

Researched and compiled by Mavis Williams.