Ernest William Evans

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details

Born: 29 July 1886 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 11 August the same year in St. Alkmund’s Parish Church.

Family: He was the sixth of seven children born to George Evans, an agricultural labourer, and his wife Mary Ann. he married Florence Jarman on 25 September 1911 in St. Alkmund’s Parish Church, Whitchurch and together they had five children – Albert, Winifred, Jessie, Kathleen and Ronald.

Residence: In 1891 he lived in Folly Lane, Whitchurch; by 1901 he was living with his brother Edwin’s family at 9 Newtown Street, Whitchurch. His address on discharge in 1914 was 8 Sherrymill Hill, Whitchurch and in 1939 he was living at 46 Wayland Road, Whitchurch which was his address at the time of his death.

Employment: In 1901 he was a bricklayer’s labourer; from 1911 to at least 1939 he was a bricklayer.

Died: In 1953 in Whitchurch Cottage Hospital, aged 67, and buried on 7 October the same year in Whitchurch cemetery.

Military Details

Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry 

Rank: Private

Service Number: 7702

Date of Enlistment: 8 October 1914

Date of Discharge: 13 October 1914

Reason for Discharge: Unlikely to become an efficient soldier, suffered with asthma.

Other information: Brother to Edwin who also served in WW1.

Medals and Awards

None awarded as did not see active service.

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