Family Group, Shropshire Horse Artillery casualty, and Trio to the KSLI
British War and Victory medals; 604035 SjtJ. Evans RA, Territorial Force Efficiency ; 201 Sjt J. EvansShrops R.H.A.
Sergeant Joel Evans died at Devonport Military Hospital on the 28th October 1918 of Influenza. Probably a casualty of the “Spanish Flu” Pandemic in 1918. With a letter to his wife written three days before his death, three photos of him and one of his wife and children and a postcard to the family.
Including The notification of his death, and issue slip for his War and Victory medals sent to his wife in Oakengates, Shropshire.
He is buried at Wrockwardine Wood (Holy Trinity) Churchyard.
His last letter:
Dear wife and children, no doubt you will think there is something wrong with me not writing before, for when I received the letter and parcel I had been carried into the Barracks Hospital, my temperature was 104 and it has not been down below 103, yet I am in another Hospital now. I can tell you I had to struggle for it. I can’t see what I am writing and I am loosing blood by the pint, I can hardly move a limb. Ive been very anxious to get to write cheer up do be downhearted. Ive got through the worst, excuse the short letter.
Sgt J. Evans RHA
Groups to the Shropshire Horse Artillery are scarce on the market
1914-15 star, War and Victory medals to 12837 Pte W. Hodson Shrops L.I.
William Hodson enters France on the 6th September 1915 and Married Florence Evans (The Widow of Joel Evans) in December 1920.
With a photograph of William and Florence
Medals of Joel Evans are almost Mint, and toned black, Those of William Hodson have some wear, and NVF