Evans, David Edward

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Geoffrey Alexander Mitchell.

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Holywell War Memorial.

Name / Enw: Evans, David Edward

Regiment/Catrawd: 3rd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Second Lieutenant.

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Caterpillar Valley Cemetery.

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Plot: V11. Row: B. Grave:16.

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Longueval, Somme, France.

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory Medal, British War Medal.

Date of Death: 26th August 1918

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

He arrived in France with the Battalion on Tuesday 16 July 1918 and was Killed in Action at Albert, Somme on Monday 26 August 1918 aged 27. (Royal Welsh Fusiliers War Diaries).

David Edward Evans was born in 1891 and during his early years lived at Hendwr, Llandrillo, Merionethshire with his father Robert Evans.    Sometime prior to 1911 he moved to the Holywell, Flintshire area where he obtained employment as a Grocer’s Assistant in Holywell.

The 1911 census states that he was living at that time with his uncle, Hugh William Hammond and family at Bryn Caesar, Holywell.

Little is known of him until his death in 1918 but at some stage prior to that he had married a Holywell lady named Vera and they lived at Blodwen Villas, Holywell.  She later moved to Hopefield, Holywell.

Photograph taken on Sunday 9 April 2017 by Geoffrey Mitchell, who placed a British Legion Wooden Remembrance Cross on David’s grave on behalf of Flintshire War Memorials.

He is also remembered on The North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour card for David Edward Evans at the County Archives Office, Hawarden.

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Plaque on St James’s Parish Church Wall Holywell