Thomas David Evans

 

Private; 8th (Service) Battalion, The Border Regiment

Killed in action: 5th August 1917, near Ypres

Thomas David Evans was born in Pentyrch about 1892 to William and Elizabeth. By 1901 the family were living at Mount Pleasant, Lisvane and by 1911 Thomas was working in the engineering department of the Gelli-Ystrad Colliery, while his mother had moved to Graig Farm in Llanishen.

We do not know exactly when he enlisted, but his obituary makes mention that he was “well-known in motoring circles”, which perhaps explains why he was initially serving with the Army Service Corps. It appears he served with this regiment for a time at the Salonika front in Greece before being transferred to several different infantry regiments.

By 1917 he was serving with 8th Battalion, The Border Regiment in the Ypres Salient, during the ongoing Battle of Passchendaele. We do not know the exact circumstances of his death and his remains were not recovered. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres, along with Norman Ayliffe and John England.