Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Connahs Quay
Name / Enw: Evans, W J
The Connah’s Quay and Shotton War Memorial only has the surname and initials so I don’t know if this is the right man. I have searched for W.J.Evans for a few years and the only man who could fit the name was a William John Evans who survived the war, but I am wondering if he died a few years later as there is a death in 1919, which would be before the War Memorial was unveiled and his family would have had time to put his name forward to be included. I would have to buy the certificate of a John Evans (FLNT/32/83) which I found on the North Wales BMD’s website to confirm if he died as a result of his war service.
There is a William John Evans on the Absent Voter’s List of 1918 – 1279 EVANS, Wm. John, 27 Dee Road 37882 Pte.Pte. 2nd Garr. R.W.F.
I have found this soldier’s name on the Medal Rolls – William John Evans in the UK, WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920
Name: William John Evans
Military Year: 1914-1920
Medal Awarded: British War Medal and Victory Medal
Regiment or Corps: The Royal Welsh (Welch) Fusiliers
Regimental Number: 37882
Previous Units: 2 Garr. R.W. Fus. Pte. 37882, 2 Garr. R.W. Fus.
There is also a Flintshire WW1 Index Card (Connah’s Quay L101) for EVANS, William John, 27, Dee Road, Connah’s Quay. 1919. This means if his death above is the correct one he signed his card and died the same year, so he could very well have been suffering from his Army Service.
Any help to unravel William John’s story would be gratefully received.