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.