P/O 61048
Kenneth Guy Evans

Pilot Officer Kenneth Guy Evans died in the crash in St Andrews Park.

Unfortunately I have not been able to find out much about Kenneth. The London Gazette on 14th March 1941 (click here to see this entry) lists his promotion as being given on the 8th February 1941, with seniority from the 26th January 1941. Hugh Houghton remembers that Kenneth had recently been promoted to Captain. Hugh also remembers that Kenneth had been standing next to him on the night of the crash because there was only one 'driving seat' in a Wellington. From the police report* into George Clifford's rescue attempt it appears that Kenneth was thrown out of the plane when it came to rest at the top of the park.

Kenneth was the son of Guy Edward Evans and Amy F. Hackett, of Highbury, London who married in 1911 (information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Marriage Registers).

In the National Probate Calendars for 1941 (fiche no 85/81, page no 115) there is record of a will which reads, "Evans - Kenneth Guy of 13 Underne Ave., Southgate, Middlesex. Died 30/4/1941 at St Andrews Park, Bristol. Administration Llandudno 1st August to Guy Edward Evans - Account Clerk. Effects £477 8s 2d."

Kenneth is buried at Canford Cemetery, Bristol (Sec. QQ. Grave 302B). Below is a photo of his gravestone. The inscription reads:-

"Pilot Officer
Royal Air Force
30th April 1941 Aged 26

In memory of our beloved son
God takes our loved ones
from our home
but never from our hearts"

Kenneth Evans Grave

Kenneth is commemorated, along with Len Lever and Charlie Clarke, on the war memorial at Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire. See my Memorials page.

The 1911 Census has the following entry for Guy Edward Evans (Kenneth's father):-

If anyone knows anything about the Evans family could they please contact me.