Evans, Joshua

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

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Rhes y Cae Memorial

Name / Enw: Evans, Joshua

Regiment/Catrawd: 13th bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Pte 61203

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery,Albert

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: I.D.5.

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

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: The Victory Medal and The British Medal

Date of Death: 22nd April 1918

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

22nd April 1918. Killed in Action aged 32yrs

Joshua was born in  Rhes y Cae, near Holywell, Flintshire in 1886, the son of Hugh Evans (a lead miner) and his wife Sarah.

We have found him aged 5 on the1891 census living with his parents and five siblings. Their names were Elizabeth 13, Mair 9, Newman 7, Sarah 2 and Margaret Ann 0 yrs.Ten years on the family was still in Rhes y Cae. Joshua was 15 and the siblings living at home were Mair 19, Newman 17, Sarah 12, Margt Ann 10, William Hugh 7 and Maud 5.In the 1911 census  Sarah was a widow and living with her were Mair 29, Newman 27, Joshua – a lead labourer 25 yrs, Margaret Ann 20, William Hugh 17 and Maud was 15.

This form tells us that Sarah had given birth to 10 children, 7 of whom were still alive.