Friends of Hastings Cemetery

EJ K05 Private Kingsley Alan Evans

Private Evans was a private in the 48th Battalion Canadian Infantry.  Born in Saskatchewan on 18th Janaury 1894 to Thomas B. and Clara B. Evans, he enlisted on 31st August 1915.  He was 21, single, and his occupation was confectioner.  He is described as 5’10’’ with a fair complexion, blue eyes and dark brown hair. The Hastings Observer of 25th December 1915 takes up the story.

The chief mourners were deceased’s two brothers and a cousin.  Among the many beautiful floral tributes were wreaths from Father, Mother and members of the family, from wounded comrades , Hill House A.M.H Minster, Thanet, and an artificial wreath from his comrades in arms at Hill House A.M.H. Minster, Thanet and a c? from the doctor, matron and nursing staff.

There was a further mention in HO of 1/1/1916 when the family thanked the military for the arrangements for the funeral and added the information that Mr William Evans, his uncle, who lived at 66 St Helen’s Rd, was also present.

Private Evans was buried in a private grave with no CWGC headstone but he is also remembered on the screen wall in the cemetery.  According to cemetery registers the grave plot is the final resting place of one James Pound who died in 1899 at the age of 62.  The only James Pound in the Hastings censuses came from Wiltshire originally and in 1881 was a police constable.  His address was the Police Station, Ore where he lived with his wife Maria and three children Arthur, Maria and John.  By 1891 he was living at 7 Vine Terrace with his daughter and son Arthur.

I can find no link with the Evans family.  Unfortunately most of the inscription on the grave is obscured.

William Evans, Kingsley’s uncle, was born in Cornwall in 1851.  By 1901 he was living at 16 Park Road, with his wife Frances, who came from Hastings, and his daughter Emily.  He was a Board School Headmaster.   By 1911 he was living at 66 St Helen’s Rd with Frances and Emily, who was now a telegraphist.   Presumably Thomas B. Evans, Kingsley’s father was his brother but again there seems to be no easily traceable record.

Military funeral in Hastings

The mortal remains of Private Kingsley Alan Evans of the 48th Battalion C.E.F were laid to rest in the Borough Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon with full military honours.

Deceased, a Canadian and a very promising young soldier, was only 21 years of age and died from pneumonia in hospital at Minster, Thanet.  The body was conveyed to the Cemetery in a motor transport wagon.  On the coffin, which was covered with the Union Jack, rested a lovely wreath from his parents.  The bearers and firing party were furnished by the 7th Devon Cyclist battalion under Lieutenant Greenback.  The Last Post was sounded by trumpeters supplied by the 2/1st Surrey Q.M.O Yeomanry, under Trumpet-Corporal Keevill. The Rev. H. J. Saunders officiated at the church and graveside.

Kinglsey Alan Evans