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Private John Evans

 

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John Evans was born at Welshpool, Montgomeryshire, Wales, about 1893.

He enlisted at Wrexham, although when and with which regiment is not presently known.

On 12 September 1918 he and 55 other men from various English yeomanry regiments embarked for France, where they were compulsorily transferred to the Corps of Hussars – Evans was issued number 81230. They were then posted to the North Irish Horse, joining the regiment in the field on 18 September.

The North Irish Horse was then serving as V Corps' cyclist regiment, and was seeing action in the Advance to Victory offensive.

Evans was wounded near the end of October. He died on the 25th at a casualty clearing station (records state No.36 Casualty Clearing Station, but this is most likely a mistranscription of No.30, which was then at Cambrai.)

He was buried in the Awoingt British Cemetery, Nord, France, grave I.C.16. His gravestone inscription reads:

81230 PRIVATE
J. EVANS
NORTH IRISH HORSE
25TH OCTOBER 1918 AGE 25

 

Private Evans left a widow, Alice.

 

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Image 1 kindly provided by Mick McCann, through his British War Graves website www.britishwargraves.co.uk. Image 2 kindly provided by John Hare.