by Annette Edwards

Wrexham Cemetery 2017-12-04

William Robert Evans was born in 1849 in Wrexham he was the eldest son of Robert Evans, who had a mill on Pentrefelin and Mary Jones. The family later moved to Halghton Mill near Hanmer.

In 1874 William married Mary Edwards in Bala, which was where she was born. They lived at 29 Chester Street when he was a corn merchant. Shortly after 1901 they moved to Ruthin where he was appointed the position of Clerk of the Peace for Denbighshire and had his offices at the County Hall. They had 6 known children. Mary died in 1920.

William died at his home Haulfre, Ruthin in 1931. He was 82.

Wrexham Cemetery 2017-12-04


LIEUTENANT R. C. EVANS KILLED IN ACTION. We deeply regret to record the death of 2nd Lieut R C Evans, R.W.F., son of Mr W R Evans, Clerk of the Peace for Denbighshire, who was reported missing on the 24th August, and later was reported by the War Office as having been killed in action. The sad news was received with deep grief by the many friends of Lieut Evans and the greatest sympathy is felt with his parents and family and with his young widow in their bereavement. Lieut Evans was a solicitor in Wrexham when the war broke out, and married, in October, 1911, he went up to London to take an examination for LL.B., at the London University, which he succeeded in obtaining, and immediately afterwards went to Rhyl and joined as a private in the R. W.F., and in time obtained his commission. He went out in 1917, was wounded at Pilkem Ridge in July of that year, and was brought over to this country and remained in hospital for six months and at convalescent homes for several months longer, after which he was again sent out to France with the 15th Welsh Regiment. As already stated, he was reported killed in action on the 24th August. His wife is a daughter of Mr Henry Williams, Plasyward.

Robert Charles Evans died 24 August 1918

Rank: 2 Lieutenant (T). Welsh Regiment. 15th Battalion

He was buried at Pozieres British Cemetery. Somme, Picardie, France.

Source: Researched by Annette Edwards. August 2018; Headstone pic by Graham Lloyd; Pozieres British Cemetery. Somme, Picardie, France picture CWGC.

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