Evan P. Griffiths first appeared in a census in 1901. He was living with his family at 13 Union Street Connah’s Quay. His father was Griffith Griffiths 53 a ship carpenter who had been born in Portmadoc. His wife Ann was 49 and hailed from Beddgelert. Their children were William 15 a cab driver, Evan P 9 and John M 7. All the children had been born in Connah’s Quay.
The 1911 census finds the family at the same address 13 Union Street. Apart from being ten years older, not a lot had changed. Griffith Griffiths was 64 and still a ship carpenter His wife of 37 years Anne was 58. William 26 was then a carpenter, Evan Pierce was 19 and a case maker and John Morgan was 17 and a pupil teacher.Evan is mentioned in the book ” Soldiers Died in the Great War. Royal Welsh Fusiliers Volume 28″
UK Soldiers who died in The Great War 1914 -19 accessible on Ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental details above and adds that Evan enlisted in Shotton.
Evan’s medal card tells us that he first entered his first theatre of war in France on 19th July 1915.
There is an index card for Evan in the Flintshire Roll of Honour in the County Record Office in Hawarden.This confirms regimental details and tells us he served from 28th August 1914 till his death.
Evan Griffiths is named on the memorial inside St Mark’s Church Connah’s Quay.
Oddfellows Memorial Tablet – Wepre Lodge. – In the Mold, Deeside & Buckley Leader dated 3rd October 1924, a list of the members were honoured:- Connah’s Quay Memorial Tablet. To Wepre Lodge Fallen Oddfellows. The Saturday preceeding 3rd October 1924, the Tablet was unveiled by the Vicar of Shotton, J.J.J. Robinson. — E.P. Griffiths’s name was among those honoured. Excerpts below.