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evans-charlesIn the Midland Counties Express edition of 25 November 1916 “Lance Corporal Charles Evans of Wolverhampton” is honoured. The text tells that he was enrolled 31 August 1914 in the South Staffordshire Regiment, and after taking part in many engagements, he was seriously wounded on 9 July 1916, and died from wounds on 12 July the same year. His officer described him as a splendid soldier. He was educated at St Luke’s  Schools, Blakenhall, where he had resided all his life, and he left a widow and one child, at 34 Derry Street. His only brother (not named in the article) was at the front, with the Royal Field Artillery. He was age 27, and had been employed at Messrs Holcroft of Ettingshall.

Further details are as follows:

Rank: Lance Corporal

Service No: 11848

Date of Death: 12/07/1916

Age: 27

Regiment/Service: South Staffordshire Regiment 8th Bn.

Grave Reference: II. C. 10.

Cemetery: Daours Communal Cemetery Extension.

Additional Information: Husband of Jane Evans, of 32, (not 34) Derry St., Wolverhampton.

Charles Evans’ Medal Index Card records that he served in France from 4.8.1915. The Register of Soldier’s Effects has an entry for him, and records that payments of £5.1.6 and £8.10.0 were made to “Jane Widow and Sole Legatee.”

Charles appears on the 1891 Census, age 2, living at Pond Lane St George’s Wolverhampton with parents Thomas J age 33 Hurdle Maker, born at Broseley, Salop, Jane age 28, and siblings Eliza E age 6 and Beatrice 5 months. Also present was Charles Shaw age 27, brother in law occupation packer.

At  the time of the 1901 Census Charles Evans  age 12 was living at 7 Duncan Street with his father Thomas John age 43, mother Jane age 38, and his siblings Beatrice age 10, Christopher age 4, and Marion age 3.

On the 1911 Census Charles, age 22, Occupation Caster, is shown living at 7 Hall Street, Blakenhall with his father Thomas John age 53, a Hurdle Maker, his stepmother Mary Elizabeth age 24, and his siblings Beatrice age 20, a Charwoman, Christopher age 14, Iron Worker, and “half daughter” Nellie May Fletcher, age 1.

Charles Evans’ marriage to Jane Blower was registered at Wolverhampton in the 1st quarter of 1913. Evans’ births registered at Wolverhampton between 1913 and 1917, Mother’s maiden name Blower, include Thomas J. , and Edith M. The “one child” mentioned in the Midland Counties Express appears to be Edith, as there was a Thomas Evans, age 0, whose death was registered in 1913.

 

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