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Huthwaite Nottinghamshire
De Lacy Campbell was the son of Thomas Alfred and Ellen French Evans (née Smith). His father Thomas Alfred Evans was born in Hanley, Staffordshire, in 1856 and his mother Ellen French Smith in Eckington, Derbyshire, in 1858. Thomas and Ellen were married at Mansfield General Baptist Chapel in 1881 (reg. A/M/J Mansfield) and had nine children one of whom died in childhood. Their children were born in Huthwaite between 1881 and 1898: Alfred John, Florence Ann, Sarah Eliza, Henry Collinson, De Lacy Campbell birth registered 1890 (J/F/M), George Frederick b. 1891 (J/A/S) d. 1901 (A/M/J), Felicia Ellen, Dallas Eugenie and Olive May. In 1891 Thomas (34), a coal miner, and Ellen (33), a grocer, were living in Cemetery Place, Sutton Road, Huthwaite, with their five children Alfred (9), Florence (8), Sarah (5), Henry (2) and De Lacy (1). Also in the household was a female general domestic servant. By 1901 they had moved to 15 Market Place, Huthwaite. Thomas was a boot and shoe dealer (own account) and Ellen a grocer and provision dealer ('at home'/employer). They now had nine children: Alfred a grocer's shop assistant, Florence and Sarah who were pupil teachers, Henry, De Lacy, George (9), Felicia (7), Dallas (5) and Olivia (2). Also in the household was Thomas' widowed mother-in-law, Sarah Smith, a retired grocer, and his niece by marriage Sarah A Smith (15) a domestic servant. The youngest son, George, died later that year. The family was still living at the same address in 1911 but only seven of the eight surviving children were in the home on the night of the census: Alfred and Henry who were both grocery dealers, Florence a school teacher, De Lacy a grocer's shop assistant, Felicia, Dallas and Olivia. Sarah Smith was also in the household. The second daughter, Sarah, had married Verney Henton in 1906. Thomas Alfred completed a form for the army in May 1919 listing his son De Lacy's surviving blood relatives: parents and Florence Ann, Dallas Eugenie and Olivia May all of 15 Market Place, Huthwaite; Sarah Eliza Henton of Main Street, Huthwaite; Eliza Ellen Masham of South Normanton, Derbyshire; Alfred John of South Normanton and Henry Collinson of Sutton Road, Huthwaite. Thomas Alfred died on 26 November 1921; he was still living on Market Place, Huthwaite. His widow Ellen was awarded administration of his Will. In 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled, Ellen was living on Sutton Road, Sutton in Ashfield, with her married daughter Florence Heaqthcote and her husband Alfred (m. 1925). Ellen died on 16 November 1943 at Charnwood Street, Sutton in Ashfield; Probate was awarded to her son Alfred and her daughter Florence.
1911 - grocer's shop assistant
03 May 1917
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36433
15 Market Place, Huthwaite. Enlisted Mansfield.
Private
11th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of York's Own)
11th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of York's Own). Formerly 11535 Army Cyclists Corps. De Lacy enlisted at Mansfield on 29th February 1916 aged 26 years 48 days. He was a grocer and lived in the Market Place, Huthwaite, the same address as his next of kin, his father Thomas Alfred. De Lacy joined the ACC at Chisledon on 1 March 1916. However, he was transferred to the East Yorks Regiment on 23 November 1916 and on 11th Decemeber 1916 joined the British Expeditionary Force in France. Posted to the 11th Battalion, he joined the battalion on 19 December 1916. De Lacy was reported missing on 3 May 1917 and his death was later ‘regarded for official purposes as having died on or since’ that date. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France (Panel 4 & Panel 5). De Lacy served a total of 1 year 65 days which included 144 days in France. He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal. CWGC - History of the Arras Memorial which is adjacent to the Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery (extract): The Memorial 'commemorates almost 35,000 servicemen from the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand who died in the Arras sector between the spring of 1916 and 7 August 1918, the eve of the Advance to Victory, and have no known grave. The most conspicuous events of this period were the Arras offensive of April-May 1917, and the German attack in the spring of 1918.' (www.cwgc.org)
De Lacy's cousin, Thomas Henry Evans, served in the 1/5th Bn Sherwood Foresters (267904 Private) and died of wounds on 31 March 1918. (See record on this Roll of Honour) Mansfield Reporter and Sutton Times, 29th. June 1917: 'The Vicar of Huthwaite reported that he had made personal enquiries through Red Cross and St. John's regarding Private D.C. Evans (Market Place), 36433, 11th. E. Yorks, missing since May 3rd. There had been no news and he had not been noted on prisoner lists searched. Mansfield Reporter and Sutton Times, 19th. Aug, 1917 (extract): 'HUTHWAITE CASUALTIES. - PRIVATE T. H. EVANS ... Private de Lacy Campbell Evans (cousin to the above) has been "missing" since May last, and is now presumed killed. He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Evans, Market-place, and was 28 years of age.' Probate: Evans De Lacy Campbell of Market-place Huthwaite Nottinghamshire private in HM Army died on or since 3 May 1917 in France Administration (with Will) Nottingham t7 June to Thomas Alfred Evans grocer. Effects £54 6s. 6d. Registers of Soldiers' Effects: father Thomas Alfred Evans sole legatee. Additional information Lynn Weston
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    De Lacy Campbell Evans - Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France. (www.cwgc.org)