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|Name:||William Edward Evans||Determine relationship to...|
|Birth:||5 APR 1835 Ludlow||Father:||Richard Evans Mother:Sarah Hall|
|Death:||24 OCT 1876 Bermuda|
|Remarks:|| In 1851 was an office clerk aged 15 and living with his mother and grandparents at Irwell Mills, Broughton, Salford.
He then joined the army and served in 97th Regiment, which included time in India where he was awarded the Indian Mutiny Medal.
The 97th regiment arrived in Bombay in November 1857. In April 1858 they joined the British forces that lifted the Siege of Lucknow.
Prior to the Indian Mutiny, The 97th Foot was involved in the Crimean War. The regiment landed at Balaklava on 20 November 1854. They took part in the Siege of Sevastopol and the Battle of the Great Redan. The regiment suffered heavy casualties, with two members subsequently being awarded the newly created Victoria Cross in 1857. Following the end of the Crimean war, the 97th Regiment returned to England, arriving in July 1856 before shortly departing a year later for the Indian Mutiny.
According to the muster rolls (WO 12/9706), a William Evans (Regt no 576) joined the 97th regiment on 10 October 1859 as a Private from England, and thus it does not look like he served in the Crimean War and had a limited part in the Indian Mutiny as it was largely over by October 1859.
At that time the 97th Foot included 43 Officers (a large number of whomw were on leave in England including their Colonel H. A. Proctor), 54 Sergeants, 48 Corporals, 21 Drummers and Fifers, and 915 Privates bringing the total to 1038.
The 97th remained in India until 1867. They returned to the United Kingdom, spending six years at various stations in England and Ireland. In May 1873 the regiment sailed from Queenstown for the West Indies.They were stationed in Jamaica from 1873–75, and in Bermuda from 1875-77 where William Edward Evans died.
From 1st to 9th April 1873 he was in military prison where his good conduct pay was forfeited, and he embarked for the West Indies on the 19th May 1873 spending the rest of 1873 in Barbados, where he received an additional 2d per day Good Conduct Pay on top of the 1 shilling and 3d standard Regimental pay. In January 1874 it seems he was in hospital.
His regimental number from at least 1873 to when he died in 1876 was 4471 so it is possible that the William Evans described above as joining the regiment in 1859 is not the same William Evans, and that he might have served in a different regiment during the Crimean War.
His Captain in a letter to his mother described him as 'a favourite with the officers, and uniformly a well conducted man'.
Research to establish date of enrolment in the 97th Foot:
National Archives, Kew:
WO 12/9700, 1853 - 1854 Muster and Pay rolls, 97th Foot.
WO 12/9701, 1854 - 1855 (No William Evans in muster rolls)
WO 12/9702, 1855 - 1856 (No William Evans in muster rolls)
WO 12/9703, 1856 - 1857 (No William Evans in muster rolls)
WO 12/9704, 1857 - 1858 (No William Evans in muster rolls)
WO 12/9705, 1858 - 1859
WO 12/9706, 1859 - 1860 (William Evans appears as a recruit from England 10 Oct)
WO 12/9707, 1860 - 1861 William Evans reg no 576, Stationed at Jubbulpore
WO 12/9708, 1861 - 1862 William Evans reg no 576, Stationed at Jubbulpore
WO 12/9718, 1870 - 1871 (No William Evans in muster rolls)
WO 12/9721, 1873 - 1874 (William Evans goes to Barbados after 9 days in prison)
WO 12/9724, 1876 William Evans died 25 Oct, reg no 4471
The 97th or Earl of Ulster's Regiment, 1824-1881.
H. D. Chaplin, (Howard Douglas)
Maidstone : Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment Museum Committee, 1973.
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