Robert Thomas Evans was born in 1892. He was recorded on the census of 1901 living with his family at Golch Farm, Whitford. Head of the household was Thomas Evans, a 52 year old self employed farmer who had been born in Caerwys. His wife was 38 year old Elizabeth J Evans who hailed from Bodfari. Their listed children were William J who was 10 and Robert T who was 9. There was a resident servant – Leah Jones aged 34.
Ten years later the census of 1911 finds the family still at Golch Farm in Whitford. Thomas was 67 and his wife of 23 years, Elizabeth Jane was 51. The form tells us she had given birth to two children both of whom were still alive. John was 22 and Thomas R was 20. They were both single and both worked on the family farm.
There is a possible marriage of Robert Thomas & Margaret in a Civil Marriage at Holywell in 1915 Flintshire (Mold) (HOL/39/28), the cerificate would have to be purchased to confirm or deny.
UK soldiers who died in The Great war 1914 -19 – accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms all the regimental details at the top of this page and adds that he enlisted in Flint. It is this source that tells us that he ‘Died’. His medal card, also on ancestry lists his two medals. The Register of Soldiers’ Effects in which the army calculated what monies were owed to deceased soldiers, includes an entry for Robert Thomas Evans.This says that he ‘Died at 52nd Staty Hospital France on the 16th November 1918’. There was a payment of £31 .. 16sh .. 1d paid to his widow Margaret.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission additional information: Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Jane Evans; husband of Margaret Evans, of 7, Lower Brognall, Holywell, Flint.
There is a Flintshire WW1 Index card that gives his address as Golch Farm, Whitford and confirms his regimental details and tell us that his period of Service was 2 years and 2 months. The card was signed by Ellis DAVIES* on the 16th September 1919.
*I believe that this is the Vicar of Whitford who was assigned to distribute and collect the cards for the Whitford Parish on behalf of the Memorial Committee (Gladstone Family).