First World War

Noel Letter to Mother 1915

This is the only war letter that has survived written by Noel Downing to his mother Hannah Pitt Downing.   It has no date but it seems to recount his early experiences at Ashtead as a private with the Royal Fusiliers and that would make it most probably around Feb 1915. It would seem to post date the other letter address-headed Ashtead to his sister Mary as the Public School boys are being moved from billets (like Mrs Drew) into the new camp.  Continue reading →

Last updated on October 9, 2017 by JJ Morgan

Ladas Lewis Hassell

Ladas Lewis Hassell was a fellow officer and good friend of Wilmot Evans in Jersey throughout May 1915 to early 1916.

Lieutenant Hassell was born in Kent in 1894 and joined the army via the Jersey Militia. The first and second battalions of the  South Staffordshire regiment that were torn apart in October 1914 were replenished with new recruits in 1915 and new battalions were formed. The fourth was reconstituted in Jersey in 1915 and both Lieutenant Hassell and Lieutenant Wilmot Evans recuperated back at St Peters Barracks Jersey. Continue reading →

Last updated on October 8, 2017 by JJ Morgan

Richard Hellier Agard Evans

Richard Hellier Agard Evans, known as Hellier, was born on 19 Jan 1898 in Saxony, Germany, the son of Ernest Agard Evans and Jean Playfair Gow-Gregor. He was a great grandson of Richard Evans and Mary Shaw-Hellier.

He is recorded as being at boarding school in Clifton in Bristol in the 1911 census. His only brother Archibald Agard Evans was born in 1906. Continue reading →

Last updated on September 30, 2017 by JJ Morgan

Molly Evans trip to Jersey 1915

Molly Evans made a trip to Jersey in October 1915 and spent a week or so with Wilmot Evans her brother. It was the last time she saw him. She either came over on leave from Le Havre or was actually on her way over to Le Havre at the time to take up a post as a Nurse in the Voluntary Aid Detachment. Continue reading →

Last updated on October 9, 2017 by JJ Morgan

John Fritz Kivas Dobbs

John Fritz Kivas Dobbs was born on 15 Nov 1888 in Castlecomer, Ireland, the son of Joseph Dobbs JP. He attended Shrewsbury School and left in 1906 for Sandhurst. He joined the Royal Dublin Fusiliers with a commission and became a full Lieutenant in 1910. Continue reading →

Last updated on September 30, 2017 by JJ Morgan

Charles Geraint Christopher Payne

Charles Geraint Christopher Payne was born in Shifnal on 23 Apr 1888, the son of Charles Henry Payne. His father was the first cousin of Florence Evans, the younger brother of Florence’s erstwhile governess Edith Payne. This photo forms part of a collection of World War 1 photos of colleagues and relations of Wilmot Evans. On the obverse it is inscribed “2nd Lieut Charles Geraint Christopher Payne, 1st Highland Light Infantry, killed in action Neuve Chapelle 14 Mar 1915” possibly in the hand of Florence Evans. The stiff card photo has been torn in half and put back together again.  Continue reading →

Last updated on October 1, 2017 by JJ Morgan

William Augustus Portman Foster

William Augustus Portman Foster was born in 2 Jun 1887 in Hardingham, Norfolk and was a fellow officer of Wilmot Evans in the 1st Battalion, South Staffordshires. His father was Col Sir William Yorke Foster. He was with Wilmot in Gibraltar and in PieterMaritzburg from 1912 to 1914. In Aug 1914 the regiment returned to England and was deployed immediately to France. Continue reading →

Last updated on September 26, 2017 by JJ Morgan

No Mans Land Dec 1918

The following is a transcript of a description by Molly Evans, then a 28 year old nurse, of her day trip into no man’s land, immediately after the armistice on 10 Dec 1918. She was based with The Friends’ Ambulance Unit, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Dunkirk at the time. The handwritten pages are in her scrapbook, from where the images on this page are also drawn. Continue reading →

Last updated on September 26, 2017 by JJ Morgan

World War 1 Nursing Scrapbook

Molly Evans‘s nursing scrapbook covers the period 1914 to 1920. This includes a large number of photos, maps and newspaper articles of the period. It also contains letters, poems and testimonials of patients – British, Canadian and Belgian. Continue reading →

Last updated on November 8, 2017 by JJ Morgan

Roy Marten

Robert Humphrey Marten, known as Roy, was the oldest son of Tib Marten. He was born in Adelaide in 1891, where his father was a surgeon. He was educated back in England at Cheltenham College and Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, matriculating in 1909.  Continue reading →

Last updated on September 28, 2017 by JJ Morgan

Henry Humphrey Marten

Henry Humphrey Marten was the second son of Robert Humphrey Marten, Tib, the brother of Florence Evans. He was born in 1894 in Adelaide where his father was a surgeon, but was educated in England at Cheltenham College and was destined to study at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge. His Aunt and Uncle lived in Cheltenham, and his father had obtained his medical degree from Caius College.  Continue reading →

Last updated on September 28, 2017 by JJ Morgan

Lennox Holmes

Francis Lennox Holmes was a fellow officer of Wilmot Evans in the First South Staffordshires. He was born on 11 Oct 1887 and therefore a few years older than Wilmot. He features on the photographs of the regiment in both Gibraltar and PieterMaritzburg. They must have first got to know each other in Devonport where Wilmot was first stationed in 1910.  Continue reading →

Last updated on October 2, 2017 by JJ Morgan

Wilmot to Teddy Letter

This letter, from Wilmot Evans to his uncle Edward Dimmack Marten, is written on 30 Jan 1915 from the trenches. Wilmot had returned after a spell of leave back in Hagley, probably in early January, after his ordeal at the first Battle of Ypres in October 1914. He was to stay in France until he was wounded again on 16 May 1915. Continue reading →

Last updated on October 2, 2017 by JJ Morgan