|No 3046 Sergeant Edgar Job Evans of the 1st Battalion, the King's (Shropshire) Light Infantry and his wife Mary.
Evans is wearing the tropical version of his regimental "Mess Dress" uniform.
Evans was born about 1871 at Seacombe, Cheshire the son of Thomas and Martha Evans. He enlisted for Short
Service in the Shropshire Light Infantry on 4 June, 1889 at Shrewsbury. He stated that he was previously a member of
the 3rd (Volunteer) Battalion of the Shropshire Light infantry and had been born in Wallasey, Seacombe, Cheshire the
eldest son of Thomas and Martha Evans. Thomas Evans was a shoemaker by trade.
Edgar Job Evans had a stable and steady career during his 20-plus years with the light infantry. After being posted as
a private with the 2nd Battalion of the King's (Shropshire) Light Infantry on 4 December, 1889 he received his first
Good Conduct Pay on 7 June, 1891. The only negative mark in his service records was when he is shown forfeiting that
same Good Conduct Pay on 7 August, 1892 although no reason for the forfeiture in given. Transferring to the 1st
Battalion, his Good Conduct Pay was restored exactly one year later.
Evans was appointed Lance Corporal on 17 August, 1892 and promoted to Corporal on 8 January, 1895. Later that
same year on 26 December he was appointed Lance Sergeant. On 17 October, 1896 he was permitted to extend his
service to complete 12 years with the colours at Fort William, Calcutta, India. About one year later on 12 November,
1897 Evans was appointed Sergeant.
On 3 August, 1899 at Poona Evans re-engaged with his battalion to complete 21 years service. Edgar Job Evans was
promoted Colour Sergeant on 17 December 1901.
Evans transferred to the Permanent Staff of the 4th Battalion, the King's (Shropshire) Light Infantry on 22 May, 1903.
At this time his rank was shown as "Gr Sgt" which I assume was the abbreviation for Gunnery Sergeant.
He seems to have been briefly posted back with the 1st Battalion on 1 August, 1908 and then returning to the 4th
Battalion on 8 February, 1909 as a Company Sergeant Major. Evans competed his 21 years with the colours on 6 June,
1910 with the rank of Colour Sergeant which was the last rank he held while with the regulars.
Evans home and overseas deployments were:
Home: 7 June, 1889 - 5 November, 1891
Egypt: 6 November, 1891 - 28 November, 1891
Hong Kong: 29 November 1891 - 21 December, 1894
India: 22 December, 1894 - 17 May, 1903
Home: 18 May, 1903 - 6 June, 1910
Evans was stationed at Hong Kong when the colony was stricken by an epidemic of bubonic plague in May, 1894. It is
possible that Evans was awarded the Hong Kong Plague Medal that was presented to some 300 members of the King's
(Shorpshire) Light Infantry who assisted the colony's civil authorities during the crisis. Since this medal was issued by
colonial civil authorities its possible that this recognition - if it was awarded to Evans - might not be mentioned in his
army service records. Aside from this possibility Sergeant Edgar Job Evans saw no active service in the field during
his tenure with the KSLI.
Edgar Job Evans married Miss Mary Jane Ince at Shrewsbury on 8 July, 1889. Their marriage produced at least six
children: Rhoda Beatrice born on 9 September, 1889 just a month after her parents marriage, Martha Elizabeth born
on 5 August, 1897, Martha Jane born on 2 September, 1898, Francis Edgar Job born on 42 March 1901, Agnes
Maude born on 29 November, 1894 and Florence May born on 2 June, 1907.
At the time of his discharge his character was mentioned as being "very good" with the additional comment that
Evans: "Is a very good clerk and would make a good steward of caretaker of a club..". Perhaps Evans had asked for
that endorsement with his future in mind or perhaps that endorsement put an idea into his head - either way he stated
that he intended to reside at the Union Jack Club on Waterloo Rd. in London after discharge and may have taken
On 12 October 1912 Edgar Job Evans - now living at Oswestry - was appointed Postman without competition. Although
this may seem to our eyes a step down for a long serving sergeant of Her Majesty's forces, being a carrier of the
Royal Mail was not position taken lightly in those days. It was a time when the world's greatest steamships proudly
bore the title RMS because they were designated carriers of the Royal Mail.
Evans, like so many other retired soldiers, was recalled to duty with the outbreak of the First World War and was
appointed Temporary Lieutenant in the 11th (Reserve) Battalion, The South Staffordshire Regiment (Supplement to
the London Gazette, 19 November, 1914) which formed at Jersey in October, 1914. Evans was promoted Temporary
Captain with the same Battalion on 28th November, 1914. Evans transferred to the 1st Garrison Battalion, the East
Yorkshire Regiment as Temporary Captain on 28 September, 1916. All of Evans World War One overseas service
took place with this battalion beginning on 5 March, 1917 while it was deployed for garrison duty in India where it was
part of the Allahabad Brigade, 8th Division at Lucknow and latter with the Lucknow Brigade, 8th Division. On 16 June,
1918 Temporary Captain Evans transferred to an unspecified battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment. Evans was
reconfirmed with the rank of Temporary Captain on 28 January, 1919.
For his overseas service during World War One Edgar Job Evans received the British War and Victory Medals. His
medal index card lists his place of residence as Oswestra House, Whittington Road, Oswestry, Shropshire.
Clifton & Co. - Photographer
|Above: The inscription in Evans' hand on the reverse of the photograph. The photo was intended
for a Mrs. Jones.
Below: Sergeant Evans' signature as it appears in the pages of his service records. The obvious
similarity between this signature and that on the photograph helped to confirm that the papers
did indeed belong to the sergeant in the photo.