Family group of Two brothers, Leading Seamen W.H. Evans Sunk on HMS Recruit during 1917 and Gunner V. Evans, Royal Marine Artillery, all on their original silk ribbons
Naval General Service Medal, bar Persian Gulf 1909-1914, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, J16141 W.H. Evans, Leading Seamen, Royal Navy, one of 54 casualties when HMS Recruit was torpedoed in the North Sea by SM UB-16 on 9th August 1917.
William Henry Evans was born on 1st November 1894, in Newport, Monmouth, Wales.
He enlisted in the Royal Navy aged 18 as Boy 2nd Class on 24th February 1912 for 12 years.
He was promoted to Ordinary Seamen by November 1912, and was serving aboard HMS Dartmouth when he earned his bar for Persian Gulf.
He was serving aboard HMS Dartmouth from 2nd September 1913 from 29th November 1914.
During the war he transferred to HMS Hyacinth from 30th November to 11th January 1915, followed by a month on HMS Albion from 12th January 1915 to 13th February 1915.
He was back on HMS Dartmouth from 14th February 1915 to 30th June 1915.
After a short month at Vivid I, he joined HMS Defiance from 11th August 1915 until 29th October 1915.
Next serving on HMS Dido from 30th October 1915 until 30th November 1915.
He served on HMS Milne from 1st December 1915 until 30th April 1917.
His last posting was HMS Recruit which had only just been completed in April 1917, he was posted on 1st May 1917 having been promoted to Leading Seamen during his time on HMS Milne.
The ship was assigned to the tenth destroyer force as part of Harwich Force, it was then sunk by a torpedo from U-Boat SM UB-16 in the North Sea, 3 miles north of the North Hinder light vessel, 54 men were killed including Leading Seamen Evans on 9th August 1917.
His younger brother: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, Valentine Evans, Royal Marine Artillery, with a white medal Battle of Jutland Medallion by Spinks
Valentine Evans was born on 14th February 1896, Griffithstown, Newport, Monmouthshire.
He was working as a Steel Worker and Smelter when he enlisted during the war on 9th December 1914 at Bristol for the Royal Marine Artillery, aged 18.
Serving as a Gunner he was posted to HMS Centurion which he was aboard from 29th August 1915 until 14th October 1918.
During his time aboard HMS Centurion he was engaged at the Battle of Jutland, during the battle Centurion was the third ship from the head of the battle line after deployment, they were lightly engaged, firing four salvos, totalling 19 armour piercing shells, at the Battlecruiser SMS Lutzow at 19:16, before their view was blocked by HMS Orion, failing to hit her target.
He was then invalided at Haslar Royal Naval Hospital, and discharged on 16th January 1919 with “Disease of Ears.”