Howard Evans was the son of Samuel and Emma Evans of 51 Olive Lane, Blackheath. He enlisted in the Worcesters and joined the 14th Battalion (Severn Valley Pioneers). In 1916 they were attached to the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division as the Pioneer Battalion. In 1917 their contribution to the battle of Arras was the capture of Gavrelle in late April. This was followed by detachment to smaller units. There was always the danger of shelling and this might have been responsible for injuries to Private Howard Evans. He was sent to the Casualty Clearing Station at Aubigny but died of wounds on the 12th June 1917. He was 20 years of age and is buried in Aubigny Cemetery (III H 28). He is commemorated on the Blackheath and Halesowen Memorials.
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB
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