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Chatsworth Royal Naval Hospital

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  • Williams Evan David. Able Sea. (d.4th June 1917)

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Able Sea. Evan David Williams Hood Battalion (d.4th June 1917)

Evan Williams enlisted in the Royal Naval Division at Bristol on the 9th of January 1915 amd was posted to the 2nd Reserve Battalion, at Blandford for training. On the 6th of May 1915 he was rafted to the Collingwood Battalion, at Blandford. (Musketry Class). On the 2nd of August 1915 he was drafted to Hood Battalion and went overseas. Evan was admitted to 1st Field Ambulance in the Dardanelles with Abdominal Enteritis on the 9th September 1915 and on the 13th was admitted to No.1 Canadian Stationary Hospital M.E.F, Dardanelles. He was then transferred on the 21st of September 1915 from No.1 Canadian Stationary Hospital M.E.F. Mudros, to S.S. Orsova for transport to Military Hospital Citadel in Cairo. He arrived in Egypt on the 24th of September and was transferred at Alexandria to Military Hospital Citadel in Cairo, suffering from Diarrhoea. He was discharged on the 13th October 1915 to Rest Camp Abbassia and on the 16th to duty at Base Camp Mustapha.

On the 1st of November 1915 he was posted to 15th General Hospital, Alexandria for duty until the 17th when he returned Base Camp Mustapha. On the 13th December 1915 Evan embarked at Quay 44 Alexandria for Overseas and rejoined his unit, the Hood Battalion (2nd Brigade) at Gallipoli.

On the 1st of January 1916 he reported to No. 11 Casualty Clearing Station suffering from Jaundice and the following day embarked on H.M.H.S Gloucester Castle, for transport to Malta. Arriving on the 8th of January 1916 he was admitted to Royal Naval Hospital Bighi Malta suffering from Jaundice. He was invalided to England on the 25th January 1916, transferred on H.M.H.S Soudan to Chatham Naval Hospital where he was admitted on the 3rd of February 1916 suffering from Dystentery. He was discharged to Depot duty on the 19th of February 1916 and taken on strength of the 2nd Reserve Battalion, from his Division. On the 1st of March 1916 he transferred to 7th Reserve Battalion at Blandford where on the 11th of April 1916 he became Camp Staff.

On the 6th of October 1916 Evan transferred to 3rd Reserve Battalion and then on the 4th of December 1916 he was drafted to Hood Battalion who were now with B.E.F. in France. He saw action on the Ancre, from the 20th January to 27th February 1917 with Hood Battalion in 189th (RN) Brigade. and on the 3rd February in the taking of Puisieux trench, then the actions of Miraumont, on the 17th-18th of February 1917.

On the 15th of March 1917 he was admitted to the Field Ambulance and returned to his battalion on the 26th of March 1917. Evan then took part in the Battles of Arras, 9th April to 4th May 1917 with Hood Battalion, and the 2nd Battle of the Scarpe, the Battle of Arleux, 28th and 29th April 1917.

On the 4th of June 1917 Evan was killed in Action. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Arras Memorial to the Missing.

Alan Griffiths

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