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ID:121 John Thomas Bevan 1895-1974
Lisa’s 2nd Great Uncle
Birth    15th April 1895  Brownhills, Staffordshire
Death Oct-Dec 1974 Registered at Walsall
15th April 1895 - Birth of John Thomas Bevan who was christened at Ogley Hay on 3rd May 1895. 
1895  - John Bevan, his father passed away in 1895, age just 25. 
June 1899 -  Sarah, his mother remarries. Her husband, Stephen Cooper, a Coal Miner Hewer,  becomes stepfather to the girls  and John Thomas.
1901 Census for 'Ogley Square, Ogley Hay, Brownhills, Staffs'
Relationship    Status        Age       Est YOB Gender   Birth County                Occupation               
Stephen Cooper            Head             Married     
41          1860       Male       Green Lane, Walsall Coal Miner Hewer   
Sarah Cooper Wife Married 38 1863 Female Brownhills, Staffs  
Polly Bevan Step-daughter   12 1889 Female Brownhills, Staffs  
Amy Bevan Step-daughter   11 1890 Female Brownhills, Staffs  
Emily Bevan Step-daughter   10 1891 Female Brownhills, Staffs  
John Thomas Bevan Step-son   6 1895 Male Brownhills, Staffs  
Jacob Harris Boarder   66 1830 Male Thornton, Leics None - Recuperating
1911 Census for '8, Ogley Square, Ogley Hay, Brownhills, Staffs'
Relationship       Status        Age       Est YOB Gender   Birth County                Occupation               
Stephen Cooper            Head             Married     
52          1859      Male       Pelsall, Staffs              Coal Miner Hewer   
Sarah Cooper Wife Married 47 1864 Female Brownhills, Staffs  
John Bevan Step-son   15 1896 Male Brownhills, Staffs Coal Miner Roper
Charles Thomas Cooper Son   9 1902 Male Brownhills, Staffs Scholar
Florence May Bevan Granddaughter   1 1910 Female    
We know John was in the Grenadier Guards from Jan 1915 to 8th March 1916 and served in France during the first world war. 
He was discharged on medical grounds on 8th March 1916, possibly through injury in the campaign. His service number was 17096.
Whilst serving , his daughter Lilian was born and on his return John married her mother.
24th April 1916 - Marriage of John T Bevan and Lillian Astbury .
22 August 1917- Birth of son John Thomas Bevan. His birth was registered at Cannock.
John once again enlisted for Short Service on 28th June 1917, in the Terratorial Army. His enlistment was approved on 1st July 1917.
We can see from the document below that Johns service number was now 286235. At the time of enlistment he was a chemical distiller, had previously served for over a year in the Grenadier Guards and was not willing to have any more vaccinations!
The second document from the service record tells us John was 22, was 5 foot 8 1/4 inches tall, and had a 37 inch chest.
He lists his wife, Lilian, as next of kin. It appears he first put the marriage date as 28th March 1912, but then ( probably realising he was unmarried on his previous military record) the correct marriage date is entered next to it! Both children, Lilian and John Thomas are also listed on the document so this must have been completed after August 1917.
The next documents tell us that John was posted on 7th July 1917 to No 4 R.G.A , Inner Defences, North Queensferry and he was discharged on 27th December 1917.The Royal Garrison Artillery was formed in 1899 as a distinct arm of the British Army's Royal Regiment of Artillery serving alongside the other two arms of the Regiment, the Royal Field Artillery and the Royal Horse Artillery. 
The next document tells us that John was discharged oin medical grounds, due to epilepsy caused by his previous active service. He was deemed unfit for active service and was not to be compulsory appointed again.
In 1920, John joined the RAF. The birthplace has been mis translated but is meant to say Ogley Hay, Brownhills!
We are hoping to find out more detailed information about Johns time as an Airmen in the future.
26th March 1922- Birth of daughter Beatrice Lilian Bevan. Her birth was registered at Cannock.
18th May 1928 - Birth of daughter, Florence D Bevan. Her birth was registered in Lichfield.
1939 Registry for '102 High Street, Brownhills, Staffs'
Status   DOB              Gender   Occupation               
John T Bevan                 Married 15/04/1895  Male        ARP Worker            
Lilian Bevan Married 21/07/1894 Female UDD
Beatrice L Bevan   26/03/1922 Female Coat Hanger Maker/Factory Hand
Undisclosed Record        
Florence D Bevan   18/03/1928 Female School
Undisclosed Record        
John died around October 1974. His death was registered at Walsall.