EVANS, William Lloyd – Gresford War Memorial

Written and researched by Mavis Williams

William Lloyd Evans was born circa 1896 the 2nd son of Benjamin & Elizabeth Evans (nee Hopley) who, I believe,  had married in St. Collen Church, Llangollen in 1862 (Denbighshire South (Ruthin)      C42/2/69).

William Lloyd first appears on the 1901 census living at Park Street, (Park Entrance to Wynnstay Park) Ruabon.    Benjamin Evans, 37, was head of the household  and a Nightwatchman, who had been born in Ruabon, Denbighshire, and on this census he states he is bilingual (Welsh & English).   His wife Elizabeth,36, had been born in Eleesmere, Shropshire.   Their family of 4 children were Albert Edward, 12 who was a Grocer Shop Keeper’s Apprentice, Elizabeth A., 10, Sarah Ethel, 7 and William Ll., age 5, all had been born in Ruabon.    Also in the household was Elizabeth’s mother, Martha Hopley,, a widow age 68 years, living on her own means and born in Minsterly, Shropshire.

The 1911 census shows the family living, I think at the same address, but now called the Lodge, Park Street, Ruabon,  (4 rooms).   Benjamin, 47, tells us he had been married for 25 years and was still a Nightwatchman, but I think to Wynnstay Mansion and he states on this census he was born in Acrefair, Denbighshire.   His wife Elizabeth, 47, tells us that 5 children had been born, but sadly 1 had died.   Daughter Elizabeth A., single , and 20 years old was a Dressmaker on her own a/c at home, but had been born in Rhosymedre, William Lloyd, 16 was a Draper Apprentice.

At some time after 1911 Benjamin became a Publican, moved to Gresford and kept the Royal Oak Inn there.    Sometime after the 1911 census I believe that William Lloyd joined the Territorial Force, as when he enlisted on the 1st September 1914 he was at Eccleston Camp.   On his Attestation papers he gives 2 ages, one of 19 years 7 months and the other as 23 years, both forms signed on the same date!

William Lloyd Evans in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 tells us that he was born and resided in Gresford, Denbighshire and enlisted at Eccleston Camp, Lancashire.    It also tells us he was in the 24th Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Regtl. No. 345172 and formerly in the Denbighshire Yeomanry (Hussars), Regimental number 637.

William Lloyd Evans  in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that the sole Legatee was his father Benjamin who was paid £10 7s 5d on the 11th July 1918 and his War Gratuity of £15 on the 19th November 1919.

William L Evans in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920tells us he was awarded the Victory & British War Medals but does not tell us where his first Theatre of War was nor when he entered it.

William Lloyd Evans in the British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920shows his Attestation papers and I have transcribed some excerpts from them below.

VIEW British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920

*Excerpts from Attestation Papers

Statement of the Names and Addresses of all the Relatives of the deceased Soldier in each of the degrees specified below that are now living

No Wife or children

Father of Soldier – Benjamin EVANS, “Royal Oak” Inn, Gresford

Mother of Soldier – Elizabeth EVANS, “Royal Oak” Inn, Gresford

Full Blood brothers – Albert Edward EVANS age 31, no address stated.

No Half Blood Brothers.

Full Blood Sisters – Elizabeth Ann RIDGE, “Royal Oak” Inn, Gresford

Sarah Ethel EVANS, no address stated.

Nephews and Nieces of the Soldier – John Denis RIDGE age 7 “Royal Oak” Inn, Gresford

Uncles and Aunts by blood of the Soldier (Not Uncles and Aunts by marriage.

  1. EVANS age 55, High Street, Rhosymedre

Sarah DAVIES age 53, High Street, Cefn Mawr

4 Uncles , 5 Aunts.  Have neither room nor information to fill in their details.

Declaration signed by Benjamin EVANS,, Father, “Royal Oak” Inn, Gresford  at Gresford on the 10th September 1920. Witnessed by J. RA…….NS?. J.P for Denbigh Courts, The Orchard, Gresford.

Next paper – Medical History

Examined on the 23rd December 1914 at Yarmouth, declared age 19 years.

Trade – Draper.

Height – 6 feet.

Weight – 117lbs

Chest – 37 and ½ inches, Range of expansion – 3 inches.

Physical Development – Good.

Vaccinated 1893.

Vision – Normal

Killed in Action 27th day of December 1917.

Next Paper – Casualty Form

Enlisted 1st September 1914

Terms of Service = 14 years.

Embarked = Devonport 3rd March 1916

Disembarked – Alexandria 15th March 1916 (Date due for discharge 31st August 1919.

Admitted to Hospital at Moghara 21st June 1916 Diarrhoea

Discharged from Hospital – Moghara  30th June 1916

Transfd 24th (Denbigh Yeo.) Battn Royal Welsh Fus. 16th December 1916

Appointed unpaid L/Cpl in the Field 6th October 1817

Wounded in Action E.E.F. 31st October 1917 G.S.W.

Discharged to Duty 21st November 1917

Rejoined Unit. 21st December 1917

Killed in Action Palastine 27th December 1917

Buried 31st December 1917 on Hill 2450 on R. of Roman Road going uphill.   Grave No.4  Palastine Map – Sheet XV!!, R15a, -0-0. (Nos. Of graves L to R looking up the slope.

Next paper – Receipt for Plaque dated 28th June 1920 signed by Benjamin. “Royal Oak” Inn, Gresford.

Next paper – Letter from the Denbighshire & Flintshire T.F. Association, Mold, N.W. to the Officer i/c Records, No.2 Records, No. 4 District, Coleham, Shrewsbury dated 16th January 1918, correcting the Records of William’s address as “Royal Oak” Inn, Gresford and not  “Croesford” as stated.  Signed by T.M. KEEN, Secretary.

More papers, some copies of previous and some just stating what I have already recorded above.

Next Paper  – Military History Sheet

Home – 1st September 1914 to 2nd June 1916 – 1 year 184 days.

E.F. Egypt 3rd March 1916 – 27th December 1917 = 1 year 300 days. – Total service – 3 years 118 days.

M.E.F. 1916

Wounded 31st October 1917

Next of Kin – Mr. B. EVANS (Father) “Royal Oak” Inn, Gresford

His description :- Height :- 6 feet 1 inch

Chest measurement:- 37 and ½ inches, Range of Expansion:- 4 and ½ inches

Vision : Good

Physical development: Good.

From these papers we get a picture of what William Lloyd suffered, he was in hospital for 9 days at Moghara with Diarrhoea in June 1916 after Disembarking in Alexandria 15th March 1916.  He was transferred to 24th (Denbigh Yeo.) Battn Royal Welsh Fus. 16th December 1916 and Appointed unpaid L/Cpl in the Field 6th October 1817.

William was Wounded in Action E.E.F. 31st October 1917 Gun Shot Wound

Discharged to Duty 21st November 1917

Rejoined Unit. 21st December 1917

Killed in Action Palastine 27th December 1917

Buried 31st December 1917 on Hill 2450 on R. of Roman Road going uphill.   Grave No.4  Palastine Map – Sheet XV!!, R15a, -0-0. (Nos. Of graves L to R looking up the slope

He was only out of Hospital for 6 days before he was killed, age 21 years.   His father was still at the Royal Oak Inn at Gresford for a number of years after as he signed for some of William Lloyd’s medals and personal possessions in the years 1921/22

Receipt for the British War & Victory Medals signed by William’s father Benjamin on the 3rd June 1922.

Next Paper – Form date stamped 8th April 1921, addressed to Benjamin listing all of William’s personal possessions:-

Wallet, Photos, Handkerchief, Religious Book, First Aid Book, Films in Wallet- Songs, Music etc.

Next Paper – Benjamin’s signature on the receipt for William’s personal possessions listed above. Signed on the 9th April 1921.

Researched and compiled by Mavis Williams

Pic by John Davies 19/04/2014

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