Evans, Thomas

The 1901 census tells us that the family was living at Eaton Place, Leeswood (Coed Talon in Welsh)  in the Parish of Pontblyddyn, Flintshire. The household consisted of Head, Richard G Evans 42 (born in Mold). He was a fireman below ground at the coal mine. His wife Margaret was 35, born in Denbigh. Their four children were Elizabeth 12, Thomas 7, Catherine A 5yrs and Harriet 3.

Ten years on, the 1911 census finds the family in Pontybodkin. The Head of the household is Richard George Evans. It says he is 50 years old and that he had been born in Pontblyddyn. He is described as a pumpman underground at the colliery. His wife Margaret is listed as a 45 year old woman who had been born in Froncysllte, Llangollen, Denbighshire. The eldest child at home was Thomas Evans aged 17, single and a collier jigger, underground. Harriet was 13, Susanna was 10, George was 7 and Maggie was 4. These were all at school. The census form tells us that Margaret had given birth to 8 children in total and 7 of them were still alive. It also tells us that the family was bilingual, speaking both Welsh and English.

UK Soldiers Died in the Great War  1914 -1919 on informs us that although Thomas had been born in Leeswood, at the time of his enlistment he was resident in Liverpool.

His Flintshire Roll of Honour card in the Archives Office in Hawarden gives his regimental details and his address as Eaton Cottages in Leeswood. It says he served 1 year and 7 months and that he was wounded in action in France and died of the wounds he received. The card was signed by Gladys A Phillips on 16th Sept 1919.

We are very grateful to family member Tina Hoyle who sent us the photographs which were attached
to the following e mail.
Dear Eifion and Viv
I have attached a photo of my Great Uncle Thomas and of his grave in France. He also has an inscription on his parents’ headstone in Pontblyddyn Cemetery. His youngest sister Maggie, mentioned in your piece is my Grandmother. His parents found out about his death (wounds from a landmine) from his friend before any official notification came through. Most of his family stayed in the Leeswood Pontblyddyn, Mold area although a few went to Grimsby. We are very proud of Thomas.
Thank you

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