Evans, John

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Peter Redfern Metcalfe

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Flint Town

Name / Enw: Evans, John

Regiment/Catrawd: 1/5th Battalion (Flintshire) Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private No 573

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Helles Memorial

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Panels 77 to 80

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Turkey

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal

Date of Death: 13th September 1915

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in action at Gallipoli 13th September, 1915

John Evans was born on 6th March, 1888 at 7, Princes Street, Flint and baptised as John Cullen Evans on 29th April, 1888 at St Mary’s Parish Church, Flint. He was the youngest of seven children to John Evans and Harriet (Jones) and an uncle to Articifer William Arthur Evans who also died in the war and has his own page here.

John senior was born in Flint and worked as a chemical labourer. He died at his home at 7, Princes Street on 21st November, 1903, aged 62, and was buried in the Northop Road Cemetery with his daughter Ann Jane, who died in 1892, aged 23.

The 1911 census revealed John junior was employed as a chemical labourer and living with his widowed mother and older sister at 29, Feathers Street.

His mother, Harriet, who was also born in Flint, died in December, 1912 and is buried with her husband and daughter.

Before joining the army, John, who never married, had moved to 56, Chester Street, Flint and was now employed as an ironworker. He enlisted in Flint, but it is not known when, and landed at Gallipoli in August, 1915. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 13th September, 1915. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey, on Panels 77 to 80

He is remembered on two war memorials: Flint House and St Mary’s Parish Church, Flint, and was awarded the 1914–15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. He is also commemorated on the North Wales Heroes’ Memorial Arch, Bangor.