Evans, Rees

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold

Name / Enw: Evans, Rees

Regiment/Catrawd: 1st (Garr) Bn Devonshire Regiment

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 12887

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: F 212

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

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory, British War and 1915 Star

Date of Death: 23rd September 1918

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

 Died in Egypt 23rd September 1918

The 1911 census places a Rees Evans aged 28 as a lodger with the Edwards family at Rhyd y Golau, Mold. He worked at the Tin Plate works as a general labourer. At the time of his enlistment  he gave his home address as Aberavon, Glamorgan. His Flintshire Roll of Honour card includes the name Hannah Edwards of 16 Rhyd y Golau.

UK Soldiers who Died in the Great War 1914-19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk lists Rees Evans. It confirms the regimental details as above. It says he was born and resided  in Mold but enlisted in Aberavon Glamorgan.His medal index card, also on Ancestry, lists his medals and tells us that his first theatre of war was Egypt and he entered it on the 10th October 1915. This source says he ‘died’ which usually means illness or accident (as opposed to killed in action or died of wounds).

The Register of Soldier’s Effects in which the army calculated what monies were owed to a deceased soldier, lists Rees Evans and tells us that he died in 19 General Hospital Alexandria.  His mother Hannah, received a total of £19..8sh .. 1d.  Five people received £2..6..3d each. They were his brothers John, Morris and William and a sister Mary E. The fifth person  to receive £2..6sh..3d was a mysterious Vam des Bruntel. I have no idea who or what this was. No relationship was recorded.