Evans, Thomas

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

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold

Name / Enw: Evans, Thomas

Regiment/Catrawd: No 1 Horse Transport Depot (Park Royal) Royal Army Service Corps

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Driver (Wheeler) T4/4/070561

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Llanarmon (St Garmon) Churchyard, Flintshire

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: South of West end of church

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

Date of Death: 14th April 1916

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Died 14th April 1916 at Chester Infirmary aged 40 yrs

Thomas was born in 1878. The census of 1881 records him living with his family at Caindwr Llanarmon in Denbighshire.  Head of the household was Edward Evans aged 42, a Carpenter. His wife Mary was also 42. Their listed children were Ann 12, Robert 10, Edward H 7, John 5 and Thomas who was 3.

The next census in 1891 records the family still in Llanarmon. Edward Evans and his wife Mary were then 52. He was still a Carpenter. The listed children were Robert 20 – a Carpenter’s assistant, John 15 was a tailor’s Apprentice. Thomas 13 and Mary Lloyd 8 were both at school.

In 1901 the household still in Llanarmon comprised of Edward and Mary both 63. He was a self employed Carpenter. Still listed at home were Thomas 23 also a Carpenter and two single daughters Annie  32 and Mary 18.

The 1911 census places Thomas aged 33 living with his widowed mother Mary aged72 yrs at Llanarmon, Mold.  He was a carpenter. This form tells us that Mary had given birth to 9 children but that one had died.

We know that Thomas married some time after 1911 and his wife’s name was Maud. There is an index card for him in the Flintshire Roll of Honour at The County Record Office in Hawarden. The address given on the card was Oakfield Cottage, Gwernymynydd and the card bears the name Mrs M Evans.

UK Soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914 -19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk tells us  that he was born in Llanarmon and resided in Gwernymynydd. He enlisted in Mold. The regimental details at the top of this page are confirmed. This source tells us that he ‘Died’ at Home. (As opposed to being killed in action or dying of wounds). This suggests that he died of illness or an accident. So far we have not found any medal details for him.

UK Register of Soldiers’  Effects in which the army calculated monies owed to deceased soldiers includes an entry for Thomas Evans. It tells us that he died in the Royal Infirmary at Chester on 14th April 1916. A total of £9 ..11sh  .. 7d was paid to widow Maud  for herself and children.

Thomas Evans is also named on the Gwernymynydd Memorial