Born on 22 November 1876, David Evans was the son of Thomas and Ann Hills (née Hawkins) Evans of 7 Crook Log, Bushey. His parents married in 1862 in Bushey. His father died in 1895, aged 55, and his mother died, aged 67, in 1911.
At the 1881 Census David was aged 4 and living at Crook Log in Bushey with his parents and four siblings, William 12, Thomas 9, George 7 and David 4, Henry 2. William Hawkins is also shown as a lodger.
By the 1891 Census the family had moved to Fitz Place, London Road, Bushey and Thomas (aged 19) was living with his parents and siblings George (17), Daniel (14), Henry (12), Alfred (8) and Charles (4). William was no longer present. There is no sign of the family in the area at the 1901 Census.
David enlisted in Watford in 1894 for 4 years-service as Private 2916 in the Militia of the 4th Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment. He is recorded as being a labourer, aged 18, of Bushey, Herts.
He married Avis Augusta Elizabeth Payne in 1897 and on the 1911 Census they were living at 119 Paddock Terrace, Lower Paddock Road, New Bushey, Watford. The family included six children; Wallace (13), Ruby Augusta (9), William Thomas George (8), Arthur Henry Cyril (6), David (4) and Olive (1). David was aged 33 and employed as a farm labourer. It is believed that the child’s name of ‘David’ is incorrectly recorded and, based on David’s pension record, should be John Frederick.