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Edwin Joseph Evans was born in Wolverhampton in 1898, the son of Edwin and Clara Evans. In 1901 they were living at 54 Bank Street, Heath Town, and Edwin and his parents were joined by his brothers Harry and John, and sister Esther.

Edwin enlisted with the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 30610). On 28 May 1917, his name appeared in the Express & Star (mistakenly as “J. E. Evans”) under the list of local Midland Men who were wounded. However, he appears to have survived, as he does not appear on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website as having died. There are various possible marriages for him. He died in Wolverhampton in 1957 at the age of 59.