William Thomas George Evans


William Thomas George Evans


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Boy 2nd Class
Royal Navy
H.M.S. "Ganges II"


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R.N. Plot. 154.
United Kingdom


>No Inscripton on his Headstone

UK Memorials

St Matthew’s Church Memorial, Oxhey

Pre War

William Thomas George Evans was born on 16 June 1902 in Bushey, Herts, son of David Evans a Farm Labourer and Avis Augusta Elizabeth Evans (nee Payne).

He was Baptised at St Matthew’s Church, Oxhey, on 25 July 1902, the family were living at 119, Paddock Terrace, Lower Paddock Road, at the time.

The 1911 Census records William aged 8, living with his parents, brothers Wallace 13, Cyril 6, David 4, sisters Ruby 9 and Olive 1, at 119 Paddock Terrace, Lower Paddock Road, but later moved to 6 Caroline Cottages, Capel Road, Oxhey, Herts.

Wartime Service

William enlisted on 16th June 1918, aged 16, as a Boy Sailor, he signed on for 12 years, served as a Boy 2nd Class J/92152 on HMS Ganges II, the Royal Navy’s boys’ training ship in Shotley. He died of Pneumonia, aged 16, on 28 January 1919. He is remembered with honour and buried in the naval graveyard at St Mary’s Church, Shotley near Harwich and he is commemorated on the St Matthew’s Church, Memorial, Oxhey.

His father, David Evans, enlisted in the 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Militia in November 1894. Re-enlisting in May 1915, on a Short Service engagement (Duration of the War). Posted to the Army Service Corps with the Service No. T4/110404. Serving at Home and in France. He died of Bronchopneumonia at the 3rd Scottish General hospital, in Glasgow, on 17th November 1918. He is also commemorated on the St Matthew’s Church, Memorial, Oxhey.  

Additional Information

Information provided with kind permission of Bushey First World War Commemoration Project – Please visit www.busheyworldwarone.org.uk.


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