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AB: EVANS, LUTHER J.

Luther J. Evans, born 26th September 1896.1 

 
Parents: James, Occupation:? age 35 and Elizabeth Evans, age 33. Daughters: Magie, age 12, Mary G. age 6 and Lizzie B. age 2. Sons: William B. age 7, Luther J. age 4 and James age 12 (this may be Ernest age 4 months). They all spoke Welsh, except any reference to  Lizzie or James age 12 (this may be Ernest age 4 months). They lived in Fforestfach, Swansea, Wales.2

   
Parents: James, a Coal Miner Hewer, age 44 and Elizabeth Evans, age 43, married, 24 years, had 11 children with 10 still living.  Daughters: Lizzie B. at school, age 12, Eunice L. at school, age 8, Gena, age 2 and Vera age 6 months.  Sons: William E. a Miner Haulier (below ground) age19, Luther J. a Oil Hawker, age 14, David A. at school, age 7 and Allavyn J. at Home, age 4. Parents, James and Elizabeth, plus children, Eunice, David and Allavyn only spoke Welsh. William, Luther and Lizzie spoke both Welsh and English, no reference for Gena and Vera.  They lived at Ystrad Road, Fforestfach, Swansea, Wales.3

  
Enlisted 4th November 1915, Draft for BEF 22nd August 1916, Service No. Wales Z/2318, and joined Hood Battalion 26th November 1916 until his death.  Death: Missing, then later reported killed in action, but looks like he died of wounds as a POW 9th February 1917, (on 9th February 1917, Germans reported him as buried on 9th February 1917 in Military Cemetery at Sapignies, reported by San. Corps 23).  Burial: Douchy-les-Ayette British Cemetery (FR 927).  Occupation: a Colliery, next of Kin and home address: Father, James, 3 James Terrace Ystrad, Road, Fforestfach, Swansea.4  

  
Able Seaman, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Grave Reference: III. F. 13. At Douchy-Les-Ayette British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.5  

“Killed:
Luther James Evans, A.B., R.N.V.R., whose home is at 3, James terrace, Ystrad road, Fforestfach, Swansea; previously reported missing.”6

Medals: Victory & British.7

SOURCE
1 UK, Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919
2 1901 Census Wales
3 1911 Census Wales
4 Great Britain, Royal Naval Division Casualties of The Great War, 1914-1924
5 Commonwealth War Graves Commission
6 Cambrian Daily Leader 24.04.1917
7 UK, Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972