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  • 13661 Private Paul Evans, 1st battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment), was killed in action near St Pierre Vaast Wood, Somme on 4 March 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme. Visited, wreath laid by John Morse
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Old Radford,Nottingham
He was the son of William Henry a candle seller and miner and Sarah Agnes Evans. He was the brother of William Henry (killed in action 7/6/1916),Timothy, Emma Elizabeth and Winifred Evans. In 1911 the family was living at 17 Tuns Yard Ilkeston Road Radford Nottingham. Sarah Later lived at 3 Redoubt Street Ilkeston Road Radford.
Coal Miner
04 Mar 1917
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13661
Old Radford, Nottingham
Private
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Paul Evans enlisted in the Sherwood Foresters on 27 August 1914. He enlisted for short service (3 years) and was 19 years 162 days old, 5 feet 6 inches in height. He was sent to the depot in Derby for a few days and then to 3rd Reserve Battalion on 3 September. On 31 October he was posted to 13th Battalion and on 5 December returned to 3rd Battalion. On 11 December 1914 he was posted to the BEF and 1st Battalion. In January 1915 he was sent to England suffering from frostbite. On 6th February 1915 he returned to the Depot, then 3rd Reserve Battalion on 3rd May. On 3 August 1915 he was once again with the 1st battalion in France. On 11 August 1915 he was posted to 2nd battalion but on 28 September he was once again at the Field Hospital with Haemoptisis and they sent him to 20th General Hospital. On 7th March 1916 he was posted to the 3rd Reserve Battalion before returning to the 1st Battalion on 28th March 1916. On 10 July 1916 he was again at 64th Field Ambulance with a finger injury. On 4 March 1917 the battalion attacked the ridge immediately south of St Pierre Vaast Wood. The British barrage began at 5.55 am and within few minutes the enemy had also opened up. This caught men in the trenches just as they moved out, causing a number of casualties. The battalion reached the first German line just as they came out of their dugouts. The assaulting troops carried on to Pallas Support trench, leaving the moppers-up to clean up Pallas trench (enemy front). Much hand to hand fighting took place. 'C' and 'D' companies were engaged in mopping-up, whilst 'A' and 'B' carried ammunition and supplies from the British front to the German front and support lines (Pallas). The stretcher bearers also worked tirelessly and many became casualties themselves as they took the wounded in. Paul was one of 47 men killed in this successful attack. he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. John Morse
In memoriam published 4th March 1918 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “EVANS. – In loving memory of my dear son and brother, Pte. Paul Evans, killed in action March 4th, 1917, second son to fall. A noble life laid down; duty nobly done. – From loving mother and father, sister Emma and Winnie, wife Nance, Tim (in France), Len (at sea).” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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  • 13661 Private Paul Evans, 1st battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment), was killed in action near St Pierre Vaast Wood, Somme on 4 March 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme. Visited, wreath laid by John Morse
    Paul Evans name on Memorial - 13661 Private Paul Evans, 1st battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment), was killed in action near St Pierre Vaast Wood, Somme on 4 March 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme. Visited, wreath laid by John Morse