Private Horace William Bevins, 2nd/5th Gloucestershire Regiment, died on 31st March 1918, aged 19. One of his older brothers, George Frederick, born 1896, had died in 1915, serving with the Royal Marine Light Infantry. Another brother, Albert Edward, born 1894, died on 17th November 1916.
Horace was the sixth of the nine children (seven sons, two daughters) of parents, Henry Sharpe Bevins (a nurseryman) and Emily (née Payne). The family appear to have run a plant nursery in Stratford Road, Hall Green which, by 1939, was known as Bevins Bros. Ltd, Hall Green Nurseries.
The oldest child, Edward, was born and died in 1889. Of his six brothers, the five eldest – Alfred Henry (1889-1955), Albert Edward (1894-1916), George Frederick (1896-1915), Horace William (1898-1918) and Reginald Sharpe (1900-1966) – are known to have served in the First World War. The youngest son, Jack Ralph (1909-1939) was too young to serve.
The three younger boys – Horace, Reginald and Jack – are known to have attended Solihull School. We don’t know when Horace enlisted in the Army, but he did not see any overseas service before 1916.
Horace William Bevins has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial. He is also commemorated on Solihull School war memorial and in the Books of Remembrance at the Hall of Memory, Birmingham.
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