Phillip Charles is on the 1901 census living with his family at 1, Doveys Croft, Yellow Row, Sandycroft, Cheshire. His father William was 42 and an Iron Turner who had been born in Sandycroft. William’s wife Maria 42 had been born in Liverpool, Lancashire. Their listed children were Gladys 16 and Ethel 14 both Pupil Teachers. William was 13, Mary C 10, Phillip C 8, Sarah J 5 and Terence S was 6 months old. All the children were born in Sandycroft. There was a visitor, Martha Tilley, single and 55. There was also a boarder, William Lloyd, 26 and an Engine Fitter.
The 1911 census sees the family still at Doveyscroft Saltney Road.. William Evans 52 was an Engine Turner. Maria was 52 and they had been married for 29 years. Eight children had been born to them and they were all still living. Ethel Maria 24 and Mary Colville 20 were both School Teachers employed by the County Council. William John was single, 23, and an Engine Turner at the Dee Ship Builders.Co. Philip Charles was single, 18 and a Chemist (Metalurgical). Sara Janet 16, and Terence Stuart 10 were both at school. There was a boarder in the household, a John William Lewis, was single,15 and a Grocer’s Apprentice.
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms Philip’s regimental details above, and tells us that he was born in Sandycroft, and enlisted in Queensferry. His Medal card also on ‘Ancestry’ details his medal entitlement and states that he had a previous regimental number 3705.
There is an index card for Philip in The Flintshire Roll of Honour in he County Record Office in Hawarden (Sandycroft F6) It was was signed by M. Evans (his mother perhaps?) on the 27th September 1919 and stated his period of Service was from May 1916, so in 14 months after joining he was killed.
Philip Charles is remembered on a Family grave in St. Deniol’s Churchyard – Churchyard old Part (1860) west (nw of church)
Imperial War Museum – Memorial Project Website – http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/60260
Churchyard old Part (1860) west (nw of church) – Description – Addition to gravestone. Carved angel holding a scroll. – Inscription – Rear of gravestone:
IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
PHILIP CHARLES EVANS,
KILLED AT YPRES JULY 28 1917
AGED 24 YEARS.
WHEN DISAPPOINTMENT GRIEF & FEAR ARE GONE
SORROW FORGOT, LOVES PRESENT JOYS RESTOR- ED,
BE STILL MY SOUL, WHEN CHANGE AND TEARS
ARE PAST, ALL SAFE AND BLESSED, WE SHALL
MEET AT LAST.
Monumental Inscriptions – Volume 11 – Lovelock – Page 38 W 13
Philip Charles attended the Hawarden County School and is remembered on their Roll of Honour in the Hall there. He is also remembered on the Sandycroft War Memorial in St. Francis’s Church, Sandycroft.
Photo taken on the 11th April 2016 by Mavis Williams