NEWTOWN REMEMBERS Commemorating 100 years since the First World War
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Hilary Gresford Evan-Jones

Birth: 1889
Death: 16/2/1915
Regiment: Lieut. Welsh Regiment
Battles: Western Front
Killed: 16/2/1915 near Ypres

 

In Brief

Hilary was the younger son of Canon Richard & Mrs Hannah Rose Evan-Jones from The Gro, Llanllwchaiarn.  He was educated at Charterhouse and at Hertford College, Oxford, where he was Williams Prizeman; in the O.T.C. and graduated with a B.A. in 1910.  He was en route to Cyprus to marry Nancy Bolton, but returned to join up with his regiment. While leading the Grenadier Platoon near Ypres, he was killed by a rifle bullet. He was posthumously mentioned in despatches and was awarded the Oak Leaf emblem together with the 1914-1918 Star, British War & Victory medals. He is commemorated at Menin Gate, Ypres, St Davids & Llanllwchaiarn Churches where there is a memorial window.

War Service

Joining the Welsh Regiment in October 1910 and promoted to Lieutenant in November 1911 Evan-Jones served with the 1st Battalion in England, the Mediterranean and in India. He fought at the front with his battalion from January 1915 and was killed in action near Ypres on 16 February 1915.  He had greatly distinguished himself as a bomb thrower. Writing home to his family in a letter before he was killed he gave this account:

“I made 2 expeditions by myself with some bombs, which I dropped into the German trenches. During my first one, I met a German gentleman, apparently on the same job as myself. My revolver accounted for him all right. We were only about 2 feet apart. I think, if anything, I am rather enjoying myself. Cold feet are the worst part of the show, but my men are such rippers, it makes up for lots. I hate having them hit, though otherwise its quite cheery. I had a singsong in my trench the other evening, which rather annoyed the Germans. I have been favourably reported for going out and throwing those bombs. It was really quite a simple thing to do,and I think people are making rather an unnecessary fuss about it all. ”

Hilary Gresford Evan-Jones’ name is listed on Panel 37 of The Menin Gate Memorial.

Images courtesy of © IWM (HU 122531)

Further information can be found onthe following sites:

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205294381

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C1061757

https://imtheboy.wordpress.com/2009/12/12/lieutenant-hg-evan-jones1st-battalion-the-welch-regiment-kia-16-february-1916-and-private-hj-smith7th-battalion-the-duke-of-cornwalls-light-infantry-kia-10-march-1916/

 

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