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William Henry was the son of William Henry and Sarah Agnes Evans (née Mullin). His father William Henry was born in Dudley, Staffordshire in about 1861 and his mother Sarah Agnes Mullin was born in West Bromwich, also in about 1861. They were married at Tipton St Paul on 18 March 1883 (reg. Dudley Staffs) and had 14 children of whom only five survived infancy or childhood: William Henry b. 1884 West Bromwich, and Timothy, Paul b. 1895 (A/M/J), Emma Elizabeth and Winifred who were born in Old Radford. Another son, also named Paul, was born in West Bromwich in about 1888 and died in 1893 (reg. Nottingham) and a daughter, Amanda was born in Old Radford in 1890 and died in 1892. There is also the registration of the birth of a Mary Theresa Evans in 1903 (J/F/M), mother's maiden name Mullin, who died the same year. In 1891 William, a coal miner, and Sarah were living in Tuns Yard, Ilkeston Road, Radford, with their three children William (7), Paul (3) and Amanda (under 1 year). Amanda died the following year and Paul in 1893. William and Sarah and their children William a coal miner ganger, Timothy (9), Paul (6) and Emma (4) were recorded at 17 Tuns Yard in 1901. William jnr. married Florence Emma Lee in 1906 and they lived in Timms Yard, Old Radford. Florence died in 1909 aged about 24. By 1911 William jnr was again living with his parents at 17 Tuns Yard. His father was a candle seller but had added the information 'crippled miner' on the census return. Also in the household on the night of the census were Sarah, Timothy a coal miner, Paul a general labourer, Emma who was working in a woollen mill and Winifred (9). When his brother Paul attested in 1914 he gave his parents' address as 4 Jones Yard, Prince Street, Ilkeston, Derby. However, in 1917 when the army arranged for Paul's personal property to be returned to his mother, Sarah was living at 3 Redoubt Street, Ilkeston Road, Radford. William snr. may have died in 1920 and Sarah in 1935. All three brothers served in the war and Paul who joined the Sherwood Foresters was killed in 1917. Timothy also served in the Sherwood Foresters (265493 Private) from 1914 to 10 February 1919. There is a record that he applied for a disability pension. In 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled Timothy, described as a 'miner disabled through war service', his wife Mary Ann (m. 1914) and their daughter were living in Nottingham. Timothy died on 14 March 1942. Their sister Emma married Leonard Frederick Butler in 1917. Leonard, who was born in Nottingham, lived in Nottingham until he joined the Royal Navy (K/10098,stoker) in 1911 (discharged 1926).
Coal miner
07 Jun 1916
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Private
6th Bn Connaught Rangers. Formerly 14468 York and Lancaster Regiment. William was killed in action on 7 June 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, France (Panel 124).
William's younger brother Paul served in the 1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (14661 Private) and was killed in action on 4 March 1917. (See record on this Roll of Honour) CWGC: 'Son of Sarah Evans, of 3, Redoubt St., Ilkeston Rd., Radford, Nottingham. His brother Paul also fell.' WW1 Pension Ledgers Index Cards: named Emma Husbands (no DOB) of Radford, relationship to casualty given as 'guardian'. Identity of this person not yet ascertained. Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 3 August 1916: ‘Evans. Killed in action, June 7th, Private William Henry Evans Connaught Rangers, husband of the late Emma Evans late of Timms-yard, Old Radford. Reunited. Duty nobly done. Sorrowing mother, father, sisters, brothers Tim and Paul (in France).’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) His brother Timothy served in the Sherwood Foresters from 1914-1919 and was disabled as a result of his war service (see 'Family history'). He died in 1942. Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Deaths’, 16 March 1942. ‘Evans. March 14th Timothy, late Sherwood Foresters 1914-1919, the beloved husband of Mary Ann, and loving father of Doreen, age 51. Reunited with my dear mother, both sadly missed. Funeral Bulwell, Wednesday, 2.30pm.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Deaths’, 16 March 1942. ‘Evans. March 14th. Tim, dear brother of Winnie and Emma. At rest.’ (www.britishnewspaperachive.co.uk)
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  • Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, France. (www.cwgc.org)
    William Henry Evans - Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, France. (www.cwgc.org)