Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.
Charles Edward Evans was the son of John Evans, a farm waggoner, and his wife Ruth. He was born at Burlington and was baptised at Sherriffhales on 28th October 1894. In 1901 the family lived at Cosford Mill House, Albrighton, but by 1911 they had moved to Longnor in the parish of Lapley.
In 1911 the 16-year-old Charles appears to have been living as a farm servant at Ivetsey Farm. This Charles' place of birth is given as Lapley but this may be an error on the part of a not-too-inquisitive employer.
Charles joined up in March 1915. He was allocated to the 2/1st Shropshire Royal Horse Artillery. In April 1917 the 2/1st became part of 158th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. By mid-July they were based at Nieuport-les-Bains (Nueuwpoort-Bad), near Dunkirk. Charles was killed in action on 8th October 1917 and is buried in Coxyde Military Cemetery.
Private Charles Edward Evans, 604294, RHA, was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
This memorial has mostly been compiled from official sources. It would be good to be able to expand it with more personal material - memories, stories, photos, etc. If you have any suitable material or any corrections please contact Greg.