Evans, John Herber

John Herber Evans was born in Rhyl, Flintshire during 1899.

The 1911 Census shows that the family lived at 19 West Parade, Rhyl, Flintshire.  The head of the family was Allen Evans aged 45, who was employed as a Miner.  His wife Annie Evans aged 43 and their three children – Sarah Anna Evans aged 16, John Herbert Evans aged 12 and Ceridwen Evans aged 6 years.

John enlisted at Hightown Barracks, Wrexham, Denbighshire and joined the East Yorkshire Regiment.  Following basic training he became a Lewis Gunner. (Fired a gas-operated light machine gun with a rate of fire of 500 – 600 rounds a minute).

Private No. 42251 John Herber Evans

Private No. 42251 John Herber Evans Medals.

Headstone of Private 42251 John Herber Evans in St. Erme Communal Extension Cemetery, Aisne, France.

My grateful thanks to The Reverend Sally Thomas for allowing the above photographs to be displayed on this page.

On 7 July 1919, a payment of £13.18s.0d was made by the War Office to Mr Allen Evans, being monies owed to his son John.  A War Gratuity payment of £7.10s.0d was also later made to him.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour card for John Herber Evans at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, which is dated 10 September 1919.

He is also remembered in the Rhyl Town Cemetery and on a World War One Remembrance Plaque in the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Marine Road, Rhyl, Flintshire  and on The North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, North Wales.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Rhyl Memorial

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