John was born in Brecon in 1898, one of nine children of James, a postman, and Mary Bevan of 8, Mount Street, Brecon. By 1911 the family had moved to 1, Usk Terrace, Brecon and John, now 13, is working as an errand boy.
Jack, as he was familiarly known, subsequently worked at the Castle Hotel, Brecon, The Gwalia in Llandrindod Wells and at the Royal Gatehouse, Tenby.
Jack initially joined the Brecknockshire (Reserve) Battalion on November 9th, 1914 and was transferred to the Monmouthshire Regiment (C Company), on July 30th, 1916, when he arrived in France.
He had been in France for about two years through several engagements before being wounded.
A sister at the hospital where he was treated wrote to his mother to tell them:
‘Dear Mrs Bevan,
I regret very much to tell you, that your son, Lance-Corpl. J. Bevan,has died in the hospital at 3.30 to-day. He was admitted there shortly after he was wounded, with a very severe wound in his chest and stomach.
Lance Corporal John Bevan
Monmouthshire Regiment 1st/2nd Battalion, service no.
Died of wounds in France on June 4th, 1918, aged 20
Buried at Ebblinghem Military Cemetery, Department du
Stephen became the third member of this family to fall in this country within the short space of three months⁸
See previous two records
Frank, Arthur and Stephen Best. December 1916
The reproduction of this photograph, and others, is with the kind permission of Christ College, Brecon