Regiment : Z Special Company Royal Engineers
Service number : 59672
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action aged 32 on 20th April 1917
Buried : Commemorated on Arras Memorial, France, Bay 1.
Relatives : Son of Mr and Mrs Frank Evans, 274 Jubilee Villa, Ombersley Rd., Claines, Worcester; husband of Arabella Mabel Evans, 11 Dorset Gardens, Brighton
Memorial : Worcester St Stephen's Church
Credits : Casualty identified and researched by Andy Frisby. Cathedral roll of honour books researched by Sandra Taylor.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
The following report appears in the Worcester Herald, 28th April 1917:
Sapper Frank Evans, youngest son of Mr and Mrs F Evans, Jubilee Villas, Ombersley Road, Claines, whose wife lives at 14, Melbourne Street, Barbourne, has, according to a letter received by the latter, been killed in action in France. The widow is left with three young children. In civil life, deceased was a carpenter, employed by Messrs Phelps & Johnson. He joined the army in 1915 and went to Suvla Bay, but was invalided home.
The following information has been researched by Geoff Hill:
14 Melbourne Street, Barbourne
Sidney Frank Evans, aged 26, carpenter, (builder)
At same address: wife and 1 son.
WW1 British Army Service Records: attested 28th December 1914, occupation: carpenter. Noted with wife Arabella, 1 son and 2 daughters.
Frank Evans aged 30 enlisted on the 28th December 1914 and entered active service overseas in the Egypt Theatre of War on the 12th July 1915. Egypt was the base for protection of the Suez Canal. On the 15th December 1915 he was evacuated from Alexandria to England on medical grounds (jaundice). Once back in England, he spent two months in hospital at Netley (Southampton) suffering from dysentery. He was discharged from hospital on the 22nd February 1916 and embarked for France on 24th June 1916.
The Battle of Arras (also known as the Second Battle of Arras) was a British offensive from the 9th April to 16th May 1917. The Special Companies of the Royal Engineers handled the British Army’s poison gas.
At the time of his death Frank Evans had three children: Edward, Doris and Kathleen. In October 1919 Arabella and the three children were living at 5 Wentworth Street, Brighton. Two brothers of Frank were living in Worcester, one at 64 Flag Meadow Walk, and the other at 270 Ombersley Road
Sidney Evans has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Arras Memorial.