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  • Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. (www.cwgc.org)
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Huthwaite Nottinghamshire
William was the son of Thomas George and Sarah Ann Evans (née Clark or Clarke). His father Thomas George was born in 1854 at Pelsall, Staffordshire, the son of George and Emma Evans. His mother Sarah Ann was born in Huthwaite in 1858, the daughter of Charles and Mary Clarke. In 1871 Charles Clarke, his wife and their five children, Sarah, Lucy, Hannah, Eliza and Henry, were living in Huthwaite. Thomas George and Sarah Ann were married at Mansfield United Free Methodist Chapel in 1881 (reg. Mansfield A/M/J) and had nine children, two of whom died in infancy or childhood. Eight children have been traced on the census records, all of whom were born in Huthwaite between 1882 and 1898: George Wilfred, Norman Charles Henry, William, Arthur, Mary Emma birth registered 1889 (J/F/M) d. 1893 (A/M/J), Charlie b. 1892; Percy John and Lucy. In 1891 Thomas, a coal miner, and Sarah were living in Wrights Yard, Main Street, Huthwaite, with four of their five children, Wilfred (9), Norman (7), Arthur (4) and Mary (2). William (5) was recorded on the night of the census at Station Road, Huthwaite, in the home of his uncle and aunt, Arthur and Lucy Drabble (née Clarke). Charlie was born the following year. Mary died in 1893. By 1901 Thomas and Sarah had moved to New Street, Huthwaite; only five of their seven children were in the home on the night of the census: George and Norman, who were both coal miners, Arthur, Percy (5) and Lucy (2). Charlie was visiting his widowed grandmother, Mary Clarke, at Sampson Yard, Main Street, Huthwaite. Also in the household were his brother William, a grocery apprentice, and Arthur and Lucy Drabble. From the information provided on the census William had been adopted by his aunt and uncle. Thomas and Sarah with their sons Arthur a coal miner hewer, and Percy a coal miner/pony driver, were living at New Fall Street, Huthwaite, in 1911. William an assistant grocer, Charlie a boot shop assistant and Lucy, were living at Sampson Yard, Huthwaite with Arthur and Lucy Drabble. George had married Annie Mary Crooks in 1904 and was living with her and their three children on Barker Street, Huthwaite, while Norman had married Mary Shaw in 1909 and they were living on Carnarvon Grove, Sutton in Ashfield. William's parents were still living in Huthwaite at the time of his death in 1916. Thomas and Sarah were living on Sutton Road, Huthwaite, in 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled. Thomas died in 1941 and Sarah probably died in 1947. William's adoptive parents, Arthur and Lucy Drabble, were living on Sutton Road, Sutton in Ashfield, in 1939 with their niece, Lucy Fidler (née Evans) and her husband Edward (m. 1925). Arthur died in 1942 and Lucy in 1943. According to a report of William's death in the local newspaper, two of his brothers were also serving in the army. One was Charlie who served with the 2/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters and was killed in action on 26 September 1917.
He was the manager of the Skegby branch of the Co-Operative Society and later of the Huthwaite branch of the Stanton Hill Co-operative Society,
11 Jul 1916
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Residence Huthwaite, enlisted Mansfield
Lance Corporal
16th Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers
He enlisted in the 16th Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at Mansfield on 26th December 1914 and went out to France in November 1915 where he was promoted to lance corporal. William was killed in action on 11th July 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. He qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
William's brother Charlie served with the 2/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (306791 Sergeant) and was killed in action on 26 September 1917. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. (See record on this Roll of Honour) Notts. Free Press 4th August 1916. Also Mansfield Reporter, 4 August 1916 'HUTHWAITE CO-OP MANAGER KILLED - LANCE-CORPORAL W EVANS 'Official information has been received at Huthwaite of the death in action of Lance-Corporal Wm. Evans, the third son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Evans of Huthwaite. He was 30 years of age and unmarried. He enlisted in the 16th. Battalion of the R.W.F. on December 26th, 1914, and went out to France in November of last year. He got his stripe while at the front, and was killed on July 10th. For several years he had been manager of the Huthwaite branch of the Stanton Hill Co-operative Society, and was greatly respected. Previously he held a similar position at the Skegby branch. Always unfailingly courteous in manner and gentlemanly in bearing, these characteristics were reflected in all his actions, and with his quiet, unassuming disposition, gained him many friends. His firm had great confidence in him, and among the young men of the district there were few more regular churchgoers, and his untimely end is a loss to the community in more ways than one. Two of his brothers are serving in the army.' Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his aunt, Lucy Drabble, was his legatee WW1 Pension Ledgers Index Cards: names his foster mother, Lucy Drabble
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  • Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. (www.cwgc.org)
    William Evans - Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. (www.cwgc.org)