John Thomas Evans was born in Caerwys in 1896.
He was recorded in the census of 1901 living at Pen y Bryn, Tremeirchion with his family. The family home was headed by Thomas Evans who was a 70 year old farmer. His wife was 68 year old Jane. Listed at the property were, their married 28 year old daughter Annie, her husband Thomas, 31, who was an ‘Ordinary Agricultural Labourer’ and their two children, John T who was 5 and Gwilym who was 2.
Ten years later in the 1911 census the family was still at Pen y Bryn, Caerwys. Head of the household this time was Thomas Evans aged 42 and a farmer. His wife of 16 years, Anne was 38. The form tells us she had given birth to 6 children but that one had died. Their listed children were John Thomas 15, a farmer, Gwilym H 12, Dianah Jane 9, Muriel M 9 and Mair Eluned, 3 months. Also listed in the household as a retired Farmer, was 78 year old widow Jane Evans. The form was completed in Welsh.
UK Soldiers Who Died in The Great War 1914 -19 – accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk, confirms the military details as at the top of this page. It adds that he enlisted in Chester (according to David Littler Jones it was on the 10th March 1916). His original regiment was The Royal Army Ordanance Corps where he was given the regimental number 017031. He was later moved to The South Staffordshire Regiment where he was given the new number 32597. This source tells us he was Killed in Action.
His medal Card also on Ancestry, lists his two medals and also states both his regimental numbers and regiments.
The Register of Soldier’s Effects in which the Army calculated the monies that were owed to deceased soldiers, includes an entry for John Thomas Evans. His father Thomas received a total of £8.. 19sh ..11d in two separate payments.