Private Arthur James Samuel Evans (40317)

4th Bn, The Worcestershire Regiment, 88th Brigade, 29th Division, B.E.F.

Malvern Commemoration: St James West Malvern,

Burial/Commemoration: Thiepval Memorial

Nature of Death: Killed in action Le Transloy Ridge, Somme, France 18/10/1916

Age: 23

Next of Kin: Son of the late Henry Evans and Syndonia Eales (nee Evans) of Meadow Bank, West Malvern Road; husband of Clara 'Claire' Evans of 19 Richmond Park Ave, Bournemouth

Education: West Malvern School

Previous Employment: Messrs Holbrook and Adams, grocers, West Malvern

Cap badge of the Worcestershire Regiment

In May 1918 the Malvern News reported: “Mrs Eales’ eldest son, Pte Arthur Evans, Worcestershire Regiment who has been missing since October 1916 has been presumed killed. He and his brother enlisted in the same month and Arthur would have been 25 in May 1918. Before going into the Army he was employed at Messrs Holbrook and Adams, grocers, West Malvern.”

Arthur Evans married Clara Ling, known as Claire in Wolverhampton in September 1915, she did not remarry and died in Cheltenham Hospital in around 1960.

Mrs Eales stepson, Pte Roland Eales, Worcestershire Regiment was killed on the 13/3/18. The Evans brothers had one sister Elfreda May Syndonia Evans, later Chester.

Sir William Arbuthnot Bt 2005
Malvern News 25/5/18

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