Evan Pierce died in 1925 and because it was so many years after the war it has been difficult to tell his full story. There are some snippets of information that give us some of it. If there is anyone who can add more to this man’s story, please get in touch with us via the Contact page on this website.
The census of 1901 records Evan living at Penrhwylfa Brynford with his family. Head of the household was John Pierce who was 40. He originally came from Anglesey and he was a joiner/carpenter. His wife was Mary, she was 35 and had been born in Northop, Flintshire. Their listed children were Jane 12 years, Evan 10 both of whom were born in Northop. Grace was 8 and Thomas 5 – they were both born in Halkyn. The youngest Cath was 3 and she had been born in Brynford. This census therefore tells us that Evan was born in 1891.
So far it has proved impossible to find the family on the 1911 census.
There is a medal index card for Evan Pierce on Ancestry.com It lists his three medals but also tells us that he went to France – his first theatre of war – on the 1st December 1915. It notes on the card that he was ‘demobbed’ on the 7th April 1919. It looks as if he served for most of the war.
There is an index card for Evan Pierce – Private 20766 of the RWF, to the army pension’s ledger on Ancestry. This says that Evan Pierce died on the 19th January 1925. There was one claimant to his pension. It was Mary Pierce (his mother) who was born on the 18th September 1865. She was living at Waen y Bod Las, Brynford.
Evan was buried in the churchyard at Brynford. He has no Commonwealth War Grave. The good people of Brynford, however, made sure he was commemorated on the village war memorial. He was a soldier that served in the war and someone who died too young.