Alfred William Evans

Name

Alfred William Evans
08/01/1883

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

10/03/1915
32

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Rifleman
Z/1863
Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own)
2nd Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

LE TOURET MEMORIAL
Panel 44.
France

Headstone

>He has no Headstone. He is Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial inFrance, to the Missing.

UK Memorials

St Matthew’s Church Memorial, Oxhey

Pre War

Alfred William and Emily Evans was born in Holborn, London / Middlesex on 8th January 1883, the son of Alfred William Evans, a House Painter and Emily Eliza Evans (nee Wingate) one of three children who grew up in London.


He was Baptised Alfred William Richard Evans on 6th March 1887 at Christ Church, Holborn Square, London, with his sister Edith Maud.


1891 Census records Alfred aged 8, at school, living with his parents and younger sister Edith Maud 4, in Handel Street, St George Bloomsbury, London, Middlesex.


By 1901 Alfred had left school and was working as a Wine Merchant’s Porter, living at home with his parents, and sisters Maud 14 & Alice 8, at 59 Compton Street, St Pancras, London / Middlesex.


His Service record indicates he served with the 7th Battalion, The Rifle Brigade around 1906.


On 29 September 1907 Alfred married Gertrude Annie Pengilly of St Pancras, London the daughter of Robert and Annie Pengilly, at St David’s Church, Barnsbury, Islington, London. They had three children, Rosina born in 1910, Alfred born in 1911 and Albert born in 1914.


In 1911 Alfred and Gertrude were living with their first child at 6 Woburn Mews, Woburn Place, Russell Square, London, and Alfred was employed as a greengrocer’s car man.


It is not known when Alfred and the family moved to the Watford area.

Wartime Service

Alfred enlisted as a volunteer in London on 3 September 1914, stating that he had already served in the 7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade in 1906. At the time he enlisted he was living in the Watford area and his Occupation was given as a Carman.


He served as Rifleman Z/1863 on the Western Front landing in France in December 1914, he was declared missing and presumed dead at Neuve Chapelle in France on 10th March 1915. He is remembered with honour at Le Touret Memorial in France. He is commemorated on the memorial at St Matthew’s Church, Oxhey. Gertrude and his children lived at 92 Villiers Road, Oxhey and Albert may have lived there too.  Moving later to 77 Villiers Road, Oxhey.

Additional Information

Gertrude received a widows pension of 20/6 per week for her and the children. The value of his effects were £2-13s-8d, Pay Owing and £5, War Gratuity which went to his widow Gertrude and children. After his death his parents were recorded as living at 41, Sandwich St., King's Cross, London and his widow at 92, Villiers Rd., Oxhey, Watford. Information provided with kind permission of Bushey First World War Commemoration Project – Please visit www.busheyworldwarone.org.uk.

Acknowledgments

Stuart Osborne
Dianne Payne - www.busheyworldwarone.org.uk, Jonty Wild