Evan Thomas Jones
aka Denny Gorman

Mar 6, 1890

Born in St. Asaph, North Wales


Aug 18, 1915

Attested into the 77th Battalion CEF in Smiths Falls, Ontario under the name of Denny Gordon 

Ø      Number 144942

Ø      Next of kin given as Mr. R. Gorman, brother, St. Asaph, North Wales

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company 


Sep 11, 1915

The name was officially changed to read Evan Thomas Jones by means of a Statutory Declaration.  No reason is recorded for giving a false name on attestation


Oct 1, 1915

Separation Allowance was authorized to be paid to his wife, Mrs. Maria Jones, Carp, Ontario


Oct 23, 1915

Embarked the SS California in Quebec City, Quebec as part of the 77th Battalion’s 1st Draft

Even though his name does not appear on the Embarkation Roll for the draft, his service file clearly shows him onboard that sailing.  His name does appear on the 77th Battalion’s Embarkation Roll for the sailing on June 20, 1916.  That is clearly an error as can be seen from the entries below


Oct 24, 1915

While on board he was appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Oct 31, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe where the draft was absorbed into the 12th Reserve Battalion for training


Nov 30, 1915

Demoted to the rank of private after being caught gambling


Mar 15, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 16, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 1,288 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 21, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Jones joined the 21st Battalion in the front line N & O trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium


Jun 10, 1916

While the battalion was out of the front line, resting in Dickebusch, Belgium, they were supplying work parties for various duties near the front.  During one of these work details, Private Evan Jones was killed during an enemy artillery barrage, and buried the following day in the Bedford House Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. E.T. (Maria) Jones, RR #2 South March, Ontario


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