Evans, Henry Edward

I found Henry Edward Evans when I added “Saltney” to the search field on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, and the additional information – Son of Henry Francis and Mary Ann Evans, of Saltney, Flintshire; husband of L. Evans. of Saltney, came up.   I do not think he is on any memorial and he must be remembered.

Henry Edward Evans was born, I believe, in the September quarter of 1913 (Chester Castle, Cheshire West CAS/102/78) the first born son of Henry Francis and Mary A. Evans (nee WILLETS) who married in the December quarter of 1912 at St. John’s Church, Chester. (Cheshire West CE13/15/49)

I also believe that Henry Francis was a Bombardier in the Royal Field Artillery in WW1 and served from the 8th June 1914 to the 7th August 1919, his cause of discharge was – Sick. 392 (xvia).   He was awarded a Silver Medal (Badge No. 480911 – issued on the 2nd July 1920).

I believe they were to have 3 other children, Violet I. Evans, born in the December quarter of 1914 (Chester Vol.  8a Page 663), Stanley Evans, born in 1918 (Cheshire West CAT/109/46) and Vera M. Evans, born in the March quarter of 1922 (Chester Vol. 8a Page 613).

I have no information about Henry Edward’s early or teenage years, but did find that his father Henry Francis is seen on the 1939 National Register (Taken on the 29th September 1939), living at 23 Curzon Street, Chester, Cheshire.    This source gives the date of birth of Harry F. Evans as the 15th August 1886 and he was a Carpenter and a Widower, so this gives us news that his mother Mary Ann Evans had died.   Sadly I cannot find her death in the Cheshire Births, Marriages and Deaths, so any information would be gratefully received.   I only found one that MAY have fitted which was in 1922  (Hawarden Flintshire (Mold) HAW/14A/66).

Also it seems according to the CWGC citation for Henry Edward that he had married, and I found a marriage in the September quarter of 1944 a few months before his tragic death on the 6th November 1944.    He had married Lilian Brown in a Civil Marriage or Registrar Attended marriage in the registration district of Cheshire West (ROC/96/233).

A newspaper cutting was on the “Find a Grave” website, many thanks to them for such a good website:-

It seems from the Newspaper cutting (which had been added by “marms,” many thanks to them, that Henry Edward Evans had joined the Royal Air Force in October 1939 and became a Sergt.-Instructor, later being commissioned as a Pilot Officer and was promoted to a Flying Office 18 months before his death.   He had been relief Manager at Chester for Maypole Dairies before he joined the R.A.F.

His younger brother Stanley, 24, was a Sergeant in the Grenadier Guards and had been wounded in France and was in Hospital in Gobowen and his two sisters were also fighting in their own way, Violet in the N.F.S. in London and Vera in the A.T.S. in Chester.   More details in the newspaper cutting  below.

So Henry Edward was to find himself on a mission, on the 6th November with the rest of the crew on LK195, shown on the Secret Operational Records for 190 Squadron:-

6th November 1944  Stirling W.   A.195 (sic)   (Page 3)

CAN. F/O E.D. HODGSON  – Pilot



F/S/ W.KING – Wop.

Sgt. R.H. NEVARD  – F/E.

F/O. H.E.EVANS – A. G.

Took off at 20.23 – Missing in operations.

Seven aircraft were detailed for operations but only six aircraft took off.    F/O MASON was unable to go owing to his port inner engine being U.S.    Two of our aircraft went to Norway but neither of them were successful in dropping their loads.   The three aircraft which went to Holland all reported no reception at the D.Z. owing to base being unfit these aircraft were diverted to Earls Colne. – In Margin – See appendix “B”  “Top Secret.”  (Page 11)

Thanks to an external link on the RAF Commands –

We see the website  – – ‘MAY WE BE WORTHY OF THIS GREAT SACRIFICE,’ which is translated below – Crash of Stirling LK195 November 1944.

Many thanks to both for the wonderful work they do, without it we may never have found out why Henry Edward was buried separately from the rest of the crew who were buried at Enkhuizen General Cemetery, and 2 years later than them.

From this website, the story unfolds and it seems that his body was not found with the others and only for the work of some local people he may never have been found, and was later buried by villagers and he is the only Airman from the UK buried in the Cemetery at Bovenkarspel General Cemetery.

It also unfolds that Henry Edward was, with his crew, and along with 190 Squadron, helping the Resistance in the Netherlands by supplying them with goods and weapons.

Taken from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on his page:-

“In the middle of the cemetery is the grave of an airman from the United Kingdom. It is marked by a permanent private memorial which was erected by the local authorities.” (Photographs below) 

I believe that his father Henry Francis Evans was alive to bear the grief of losing his son, as he died in 1965, here is his probate:-

EVANS, Henry Francis of 23, Curzon Street, Chester died 25th July 1965 at the City Hospital, Chester. Probate London 4th November to Stanley EVANS, sales representative. 

I cannot find if Henry Edward is remembered on any WW2 War Memorial and as he made such a big sacrifice for us to be free, he needs to be remembered.

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