William Normington Evans was Surrey-born and married in Essex in 1930, going on to have two children. Prior to the war he worked for Chelmsford electrical engineer's Crompton Parkinson. He joined the army at the start of the war and served with a bomb disposal section. He was killed while clearing a battlefield in France in September 1944. His wife and children lived in North Avenue, Chelmsford.
William was born in Thornton Heath, Surrey in 1907, the son of Frederick Evans and Ellen Evans.
William's six siblings included Ellen Evans (born c1895), George Henry Evans (born c1899), Lilian Eva Evans (born c1900), and Thomas J Evans (born in 1904).
In 1911 three year-old William was recorded by the census living at 6 Defoe House, Leroy Street, Old Kent Road, Bermondsey, London, with his parents and four surviving siblings. His father was a rule maker.
On 2nd April 1930 William married Ethel May Bradford (1901-1972) in the Brainree registration district. The couple had a daughter born two years later and a son born in 1936, bith in the Chelmsford registration district.
William Normington EVANS, Sapper, 25 Bomb Disposal Company,
(226 Bomb Disposal Section), Royal Engineers. Killed in France. Aged 37
Prior to the war William worked in the switchgear department in the Chelmsford-based electrical engineer's Crompton & Company.
He joined the army on the first day of the war and served as Sapper 1983850 in 25 Bomb Disposal Company, (226 Bomb Disposal Section), of the Royal Engineers.
William was killed clearing battlefield remains Falaise Gap area in northern France on 22nd September 1944. Today William lies in Hottot-Les-Bagues War Cemetery in Calvados, France (grave II. B. 9.). He was 37 years old.
He left a widow, Ethel Mary Evans, and two children who lived in North Avenue in Chelmsford.