John Evans was born in Wolverhampton in around 1889. Given his common name, there are a couple of possibilities for him in the 1901 census (using the other information we have about him). He is either the 12-year old John Evans living at 12 Dixon Street (with parents John and Maria, brothers Harry and Percy, sisters Clara, Lilly and Maud, and a boarder Charlie Wright) or the 11-year old John Joseph Evans at 13 Boscobel Place (with parents John and Lydia Elizabeth, brothers Arthur and Francis W., and sister Clara).
In 1907, he enlisted with the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 8498) and rose to become Lance Corporal. During the course of his service he was twice stationed in Africa and once in Gibraltar. On 28 October 1914 he tried to rescue a wounded officer “who lay in a dangerous position”, and was killed himself. An article in the Express & Star dated 13 February 1915 described these circumstances. His father, Mr J. J. Evans, of 1a Red Hill Street, off Stafford Street, had received a postcard from his son’s sergeant, who himself had been wounded and lay in a Bournemouth hospital. John Evans is commemorated a the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. He may also appear on the memorial of the Wolverhampton Higher Grade School (where there is a “J. Evans”).