Vivian Augustus Evans of Redbrook.
Vivian Augustus Evans of Redbrook. Vivian died of wounds in 1918 and is listed on the Redbrook War Memorial.
Right - V A Evans at the Tinworks (presumably Redbrook)
The following was compiled by Eric Nicholls based on research by himself and Steve Cooper:
Vivian Augustus Evans was born at Redbrook, Glos. in January 1894. He was the second son and one of six children of Thomas and Emily Evans who, in 1911, lived at Forge Cottage, Lower Redbrook. Vivian Evans was an employee of the Redbrook Tinplate Works when he enlisted on March 16th 1915 at Monmouth as Private 24890 in the 10th Battalion The Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He landed with the battalion in France on September 27th 1915. Whilst in the frontline near Ypres, on February 20th 1916, he suffered a shell fragment wound to his forehead. Initially he received treatment at No. 7 Stationary Hospital at Boulogne before being returned to England. After further care at King George Hospital, London he was declared unfit for further war service and was discharged on May 22nd 1916 with a silver war badge, for services rendered, and a pension of 25 shillings per week. He did not recover his health and on August 18th 1918 he died at Gloucester Royal Infirmary as a result of the wound he had received on active service. He was 24 years of age. He was laid to rest in a private family grave in All Saints Churchyard, Newland on August 23rd 1918.
Vivian's sacrifice for his King and Country was unrecognised until this year, 2012, 94 years later. His name had been inscribed on the Redbrook War Memorial and in the preparation for its forthcoming restoration Steve Cooper, past chairman of the Forest of Dean Branch of the Gloucestershire Family History Society, was asked by the village committee responsible for the restoration works to read and transcribe the dilapidated inscriptions. On checking the names of those men commemorated on the Memorial against the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register he realised that Vivian Evans had not been included. Eric Nicholls, Secretary of the Forest of Dean Branch G.F.H.S., who has been involved in similar cases was then consulted. In order for the C.W.G.C. to recognise a person as a casualty of the First or Second World Wars it must be established that the person died within certain dates and as a result of war service. The necessary evidence in the form of a death certificate and proof of burial place was obtained and submitted to the C.W.G.C. for consideration. The cause of Vivian Evans’s death was such that this process was a formality and in due course acknowledgement was received that he would be accepted as a war casualty. His name has been added to the Debt of Honour Register and his name also recorded in the C.W.G.C.’s “United Kingdom Book of Remembrance”. After some other necessary formalities have been completed his place of commemoration will be officially transferred to All Saints Churchyard, Newland and his last resting place recognised as a war grave in perpetuity.
Eric Nicholls and Steve Cooper
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