Thomas O Evans

Language: Welsh & English
Rank & Number: Private, 9679
Regiment: LNLR (Loyal North Lancs Regiment)
Cemetery / Memorial: Tanga Memorial Cemetery & Memorial, Tanzania
Other memorials: Glan Conwy


4th November 1914, age 25 during the Battle of Tanga, German East Africa (a landlocked former German colony, now Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania)

Excerpts taken from the following book:
Dr Bridget Osborne, We Will Remember Them… The Men of Eglwysbach and Llansanffraid who served in the Great War, 2016

Life / Background:

Thomas Owen Evans, born in 1889 in Llangwystenin, was the eldest child of Thomas Evans, a brick maker from Llanrhos, and his wife, Mary Ellen from Caernarfon. In 1891 they lived in Maes Glas, Llanrhos and on the night of the census were entertaining a visitor, Ellen Parry from Caernarfon; probably Mary Ellen’s mother. In 1901, they had moved to Llangwstennin. Thomas senior was still working as a brick maker, whilst also a member of the Royal Naval Reserve. By this time there were other children; Ellen, then Arthur, William Henry, Lily and baby Dorothy. When Thomas senior died, Mary Ellen moved to work as a housekeeper in Bryn Rhys Shop, taking her younger children with her. In 1906 she married Edward Davies, an Insurance agent eight years her junior. Grace Elizabeth and Mary Loveson Davies were born in Glan Conwy.
Thomas was living in Holyhead at the time he enlisted in Preston.
According to the memorial stone in the Cemetery in Glan Conwy, Thomas was “Lost in East Africa” in January 1915. The Regimental records show that the 2nd Battalion landed on 3rd November 1914 at Tanga, German East Africa, with the 27th Indian Brigade, then moved to Mombasa on 7th November. Thomas was buried in Tanga. His body was later exhumed and reburied in an “unknown” grave in the Memorial cemetery, Tanzania, with his name listed on a memorial wall within the Cemetery, where his date of death is given as 4th November 1914.