Sergeant 306791 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts Derby Regiment 2/8th Battalion
Enlisted: Mansfield 5 Feb 1916
Killed in Action 26th Sep 1917 : Aged 25
Tyne Cot Memorial Panel 99 to 102 and 162 to 162A.
Sergeant 306791 Charlie Evans was born 5th September 1892 in Huthwaite. Parents 1881 Q2 marriage between Coal Miner Hewer Mr Thomas George Evans from Pelsall, Staffs and Miss Sarah Ann Clarke from Hucknall Huthwaite, extends both family ties adding their own Huthwaite children initially homed in Wrights Yard. Their move into New Street is headed 1901 by Mr Thomas G Evans 45. Mrs Sarah Ann Evans 42, had mothered George Wilfred 1882, Norman Charles Henry 1884, William 1886, Arthur 1888, Mary Emma 1889, Charles 1892, Percy John 1896 and Lucy 1898, although relations home some in census years.
Mr Charlie Evans was an 18 year old Boot Shop Assistant when 1911 also listed William and Lucy as nephews and niece living with Mr & Mrs Drabble in Sampsons Yard. Parents had moved into New Fall Street, eventually retiring to 40 Sutton Road. Mr C Evans married Hosiery worker Miss Sarah Elizabeth Wood 15th November 1915, a daughter of John at Lucknow Drive, Sutton.
Private 306791 Charlie Evans enlisted 5th February 1916 joining the Territorial Sherwood Foresters. Rank of Sergeant would be earned after suppressing an April Dublin Rebellion, and then through 2/8th Notts & Derbys Regimental Expeditionary Force deployed into France and Flanders. Sgt C Evans was killed in action 26th September 1917, at a now calculable aged 25. His widowed wife Mrs Sarah Elizabeth Evans received war gratuity, although similar fate of elder single brother best recognises they were likely both raised by aunt Mrs Lucy Drabble, who shared loss of adding William Evans to Huthwaite Roll of Honour.
EVANS, CHARLIE, Sergt., No. 306791, 2/8th (Territorial) Battn. The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regt.), 5th son of Thomas G. Evans, of Sampson's Buildings, Huthwaite; b. Huthwaite, co. Nottingham, 5 Sept. 1892; educ. Board School there; joined the Sherwood Foresters 5 Feb. 1916; took part in suppressing the Dublin Rebellion in April; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, and was killed in action 26 Sept 1917. Capt. C. Pynsent Elliott wrote : "He had been in my company for some time, and he will be a great loss to us. He was a good soldier, and very keen, and had been a great help to me on several previous occasions, and had done some valuable work with the company." He m. 15 Nov. 1915, Sara Elisabeth, dau. of John Wood, of Sutton-in-Ashfield ; s.p.