The first sighting of Robert Evans was on the 1911 census when he was seen living with Thomas & Elizabeth Millington (nee Manuel) at Pentwmpath, Llay, Gresford, Denbighshire. (All spoke only English) (4 rooms). Robert was a Boarder (Lodger) age 13 and a Scholar (at school) and had been born in Gwersyllt, Denbighshire.
Thomas, 50, was head of the household and a Labourer working on the road for the County Council, he had been born in Gresford. Elizabeth, his wife was age 51 and had been born in Penstrwed, Montgomeryshire, they tell us that they had been married for 18 years and 3 children had been born to them, but sadly 2 had died. Their remaining child was William, now 17 years old and a Turner in the Iron Works.
I believe the children they lost were Gertrude Millington who died in 1902 and Thomas Eric Manuel Millington, who died in 1905 age 16 months. I have the Burial details for these two children if you would like them. All three children’s births had been registered in Wrexham.
The 1901 census shows the family at the same address as the 1911 census, Thomas, 40 was a Coal Miner, Elizabeth, 41, had been born in Newtown, Montgomeryshire on this census. Their children , William, 7 and Gertrude, 3, had both been born in Wrexham. Thomas’s mother Jane, Millington, age 79 and a widow, born in Hope, Flintshire was also there with her daughter, Mary, (Thomas’s sister), single, age 37 and a General Domestic Servant, born in Wrexham.
I am giving the details of the Millington family as they come into Robert’s story again later.
I do not know when Robert enlisted but the Robert Evans in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919, on Ancestry tells us that he did enlist in Wrexham and gives his birthplace and residence as Gresford. This source also gives his date of death as the 11th January 1917, Killed in Action.
Robert Evans in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 tells us that he had 2 Regimental Numbers, 9028, 53692, he was in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and he was awarded the Victory & British War Medals.
Robert Evans in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that the Sole Legatee was Mrs Lizzie MILLINGTON who was paid £2 8s 5d on the 17th May 1917 and Robert’s War Gratuity of £3 on the 20th October 1919. (No relationship noted).
Robert’s Soldiers Will is available at https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/Wills?Surname=evans&SurnameGrants=evans&YearOfDeath=1917&YearOfDeathGrants=1917&IsGrantSearch=False&IsCalendarSearch=False#soldiers £10
EVANS ROBERT Regtl. No. 53692 date of death 11 January 1917.
If anyone can add to Robert’s story please get in touch.
Written and researched by Mavis Williams.