Mechanician 306289 Joseph Evans

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Killed in Action on Monday, 5th June 1916, age 34.
Commemorated on Panel 15 of Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, United Kingdom.

Royal Navy, H.M.S. "Hampshire.".

Son of W. and J. Evans, of 13, McClure St., Belfast; husband of Alice J. Vickery (formerly Evans), of 65, Hunter St., Burton-on-Trent.
Born: Belfast, Enlisted: Unknown, Resident: Southsea, Hampshire.

Pre-war naval man.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Navy Papers transcribed.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because his death was reported in the Tipton Herald.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2876678/

Genealogical Data

According to Naval records, Joseph was born on 7th March 1882.

Marriage of Joseph Thomas Evans and Alice Jane Hodgkinson registered June quarter 1908 in Dudley.

1911 Census
38 Factory Road Tipton, Staffs.
John Hodgkinson (56, Manager, born Tipton), his wife Lucy Charlotte (57, born Dudley), and 3 of their 8 children: Christine (18, born Tipton), Leonard (15, Pump Fitter, born Tipton), and their married daughter Alice Jane Evans (25, married 2 years, born Swan Village), and her daughter Winifred Maino Evans (2, born Portland, Dorset).

Personal Data

Joseph Evans was born in Belfast, and at the time of his death was living in Southsea. His Tipton connection is slight, he is mentioned numerous times in the Tipton Herald as he was married to Alice Hodgkinson of Factory Road, Tipton.

According to Naval records, Joseph's widow, Alice Jane Evans, was living at 38 Factory Road, Tipton.

Action resulting in his death

H.M.S. Hampshire was carrying Lord Kitchener from Scapa Flow on a diplomatic mission to Russia, she departed on 5th May 1916 at about 16.45 into a force 8 gale. At about 19.40, 1.5 miles off Marwick Head, she hit a mine which blew a hole between the bows and midships and sank within 15 minutes. The mine was believed to have been laid by U-boat U.75 just before the Battle of Jutland.

The storm conditions smashed many of the lifeboats as they were being lowered, increasing the death toll. Of the crew of over 600, only 12 men survived. Lord Kitchener and his staff were all lost at sea.

Two Tipton men, Mechanician Joseph Evans and Able Seaman George Forrest were both lost, and both are commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald 20th November 1915
Mr Joseph Evans (son-in-law of Mr J Hodgkinson, Factory Road, Tipton), a mechanician in the Royal Navy, has been awarded the General Service Medal with clasp for service in the Persian Gulf on HMS Persephone. He is now engaged on another vessel in the North Sea. Mrs Evans also has three brothers in the Army. Harry Hodgkinson of the 7th South Staffords, who joined the Army in September 1914, is one of those reported missing at the Dardanelles. He was employed at the Patent Shaft; Charles Hodgkinson, of the Worcesters is a military instructor now doing duty in England; while his brother Frank is serving with the Royal Field Artillery in France.

Tipton Herald 17th June 1916
In loving memory of Joseph Evans (mechanician), the devoted husband of Alice J. Evans (nee Hodgkinson, parents of Factory Rd), lost on H.M.S. Hampshire, June 5th 1916.

Tipton Herald 24th June 1916
Among the 600 and odd gallant sailors of the Royal Navy who went down with the HMS Hampshire was Chief Petty Officer Joseph Evans, mechanician. He was a native of Belfast, where his parents and relatives reside, but he was also very well know to many Tipton people, as he married Alice, second daughter of Mr and Mrs Hodgkinson, of Factory Road, Tipton. He was only 35 years of age, and besides his widow, he leaves a sweet little daughter to mourn his loss. During the whole of the great Jutland battle he was on duty in the engine room, and it would have been his last trip in the Hampshire. He had served on several vessels during the progress of the war. He was on the "Good Hope" but left her just before that vessel proceeded to the Pacific and was sunk in battle. The Chief Petty Officer had had an intersting career during his 13 years in the Navy. He had worked his way up from stoker. He served two years in the Persian Gulf on HMS Prosperine, for which he was presented with a silver medal which he sent home to his wife just a few days before the Hampshire was so dastardly sunk.
The deceased officer was noted for his gifts as a conjurer and entertainer, and had appeared at many entertainments in Belfast, at various naval ports, at Dudley and Tipton in aid of war funds and otherwise. When serving on the China station, he went with the Duke of Connaught and Princess Patricia to Japan, and ha had the honour of appearing before His Royal Highness, the Admirals of the Fleet, and foreign command. He also entertained the Swedish sailors at Southend, and also apperaed at Greenwich Naval College. His most notable performance since the war, was in the Hampshire revue, produced somewhere in Scotland for the benefit of the war fund, and entitled "Parliament and Nautical Revue". Among his other accomplishments was that of being a crack shot.
Mrs Evans received a letter from her husband after the Jutland battle, he being down below manipulating the wheel during the whole of the engagement, and brought the vessel out without a scratch. His home was at Southsea. Mrs Evans is a sister of Mrs Hopkins (Castle Road), and of Mr Hodgkinson (late of Bell Street) who is now in Australia. She has three brothers in the Army, one of whom is missing. (This was Harry Hodkinson, 7th South Staffs, killed in action at Gallipoli on 8th August 1915.)
EVANS: 5th June on HMS Hampshire, off the Orkney Islands, Chief Petty Officer Joseph Evans, aged 35, husband of Alice J. Evans (nee Hodgkinson), late of Tipton. A noble end to a noble life.

Tipton Herald 9th June 1917
EVANS. In loving memory of my dear husband, J. Evans R.N., lost on H.M.S. "Hampshire", June 5th 1916. Fondly remembered by his loving wife and daughter Maino.

Tipton Herald 15th June 1918
EVANS. In loving memory of J. Evans R.N., the dearly loved husband of Alice Evans (nee Hodgkinson), lost on H.M.S. "Hampshire", June 5th 1916. Ever remembered.