Edwin Evans

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details

Born: 14 April 1875 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 16 April the same year in St. Alkmund’s Parish Church.

Family: He was the eldest of seven children born to George Evans, an agricultural labourer, and his wife Mary Ann. He married Lily Phillips on 20 March 1900 in Whitchurch and together they had four children – Ethel, Annie, Florence and Elsie.

Residence: In 1881 he lived with his family in Green End, Whitchurch; by 1891 they had moved to Folly Lane, Whitchurch and by 1901, newly married, to 9 Newtown Street, Whitchurch. His address on discharge in 1914 was 24 Pepper Street, Whitchurch where he lived until his death in 1940.

Employment: In 1891 he was a bricklayer’s labourer; from 1901 for the rest of his life he was a bricklayer.

Died: In 1940 in Whitchurch, aged 64, and was buried 1 March the same year in Whitchurch cemetery.

Military Details

Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry 

Rank: Private

Service Number: 7701

Date of Enlistment: 8 October 1914

Date of Discharge: 13 October 1914

Reason for Discharge: Not likely to become an efficient soldier; suffered with chronic asthma.

Other information: Brother to Ernest William who also served in WW1.

Medals and Awards

None awarded as did not see active service.

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