Evan J. Jefferies

Service:                Army

Rank:                   Lance Corporal

Service No:           11643

Unit:                     10th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

Evan was born in St George Bristol in 1899.  He was the 3rd child of James & Elizabeth Jefferies.  In 1901 he was living with his father, 2 siblings and Grand Mother at 7 Alfred Street Bristol; his father was a Railway Carter sadly Evan’s mother had died. By 1911 Evan’s father had remarried & his new mother had produced a further 4 siblings, the family were now resident at 27 Sherbourne Street, St. George.

10th (Service) Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment was formed at Bristol in September 1914 as part of K3 and attached to as Army Troops to 26th Division. Moved to Salisbury Plain but by November 1914 was in billets in Cheltenham, subsequently returned to Salisbury Plain in April 1915.

10th Battalion landed in France 8 August 1915 and on 17 August 1915 were transferred to 1st Brigade in 1st Division.

The Battle of Loos took place during the period 25 September - 18 October 1915.Compared with the small-scale British efforts of spring 1915, this attack of six Divisions was a mighty offensive indeed - so much so that it was referred to at the time as 'The Big Push'. Taking place on ground not of their choosing and before stocks of ammunition and heavy artillery were sufficient, the opening of the battle was noteworthy for the first use of poison gas by the British Army. Despite heavy casualties, there was considerable success on the first day in breaking into the deep enemy positions near Loos and Hulluch. But the reserves had been held too far from the battle front to be able to exploit the successes and succeeding days bogged down into antirational warfare for minor gains.

Evan was killed in action on the 25th September 1915, the first day  of this battle; he is remembered with honour on the Loos Memorial. Panel 80 to 84.

Image courtesy of The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Evan was awarded The 1914-15 Star, The British War Medal & The Victory Medal.

 

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Long Long Trail

1901 & 1911 UK census

Soldiers Died in the Great War