William was born in Brecon in 1885, a son to Samuel and Susannah Evans. The family had previously lived at 25, Newmarch Street. Samuel was a painter and glazier. By 1901, they had moved to the Flag and Castle, 11, Orchard Street Llanfaes, and Samuel was publican, and continuing his previous trades. By 1911, the family had moved next door to 10, Orchard Street, where Samuel, then 60, was a painter. William married Elizabeth Anne Harding in 1904. Elizabeth
was born in 1884 and was a dressmaker living with her family in Free Street, Brecon (46a and 26). After their marriage they lived in 21, Free Street and had one child, Muriel Cecilia Lavinia born in 1905. Having previously served as a volunteer with the Brecknocks and then the Monmouthshire Regiment during the 1900s, including being a member of the band, William was employed as a fitter by Messrs. J. E. Nott and Son. At the time of his enlistment, November 1915 William was living at 37, Church Street, Llanfaes with his wife and daughter and was a painter. He was appointed to the Royal Engineers in May 1916, although he did not go out to France and Flanders until May 1917. He was initially reported as missing but later confirmed as Killed in Action.
He is wounded and gassed on July 28th and spends some weeks out of the line receiving treatment, rejoining his unit on August 27th. When he was killed in action in Flanders in September 1917, he was aged just 18 years.
At the time of his death, his contact address was with his parents, at Well Cottage in Bwlch, but by 1919 the family address was 93, The Struet, Brecon, although they later moved to 31, Free Street, Brecon, before finally moving to Haverfordwest.
Easthope may have been a family name as Arthur had an elder brother Edwin Easthope Evans.
Private William Evans
South Wales Borderers 1st Battalion, service no. 12008