Bevan, Robert

Robert Bevan was born 8th October, 1894 in Flint and was the third child of William Smedley Bevan and Margaret (Williams) and resided at Penypalment, Coleshill, Bagillt Road, Flint.

Robert was employed as a brick setter by Alderman Alfred Bibby Lloyd, JP, builder, Flint and was a well-known and respected member of the Welsh Wesleyan denomination. He was unmarried.

He enlisted in Flint in January, 1916 with the 13th East Surrey Regiment, No 25795, then transferred to the 2nd 1st Troop Welsh Horse “C” Squadron, No 743, and then again to the 9th Lancers, No GS/17240 and finally the Corps of Lancers, No L/10807.

He was killed in action at the Battle of Posieres, France on 27th March, 1918. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France on Panel 4.

He is remembered on three war memorials – Flint Town, Bagillt Village and St Mary’s Parish Church, Bagillt, and on his parent’s headstone in the Northop Road Cemetery, Flint (Grave 8, Line 10, North Side). He is also commemorated on the North Wales Heroes’ Memorial Arch, Bangor.

He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Robert’s father died 9th June, 1925, aged 67, at Stanley Hospital, Liverpool, and buried in the Northop Road Cemetery, Flint. He was born in Flint and he and his wife emigrated to New York, possibly in the late 1880s, but returned within a few years. He was employed by Alderman Alfred Bibby Lloyd for many years as a brick setter, but for some time had been assisting his son, who carried on business in Church Street. He was well known and highly respected and a faithful member of the Peniel Welsh Methodist Church.

William’s wife Margaret died 2nd April, 1935, aged 75, at “The Glyn,” Coleshill, Flint and buried with her husband. Like her husband she was also well known and highly esteemed in the town and a member of the Peniel Welsh Methodist Church.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Flint Memorial

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