CFHS code : PL335
Parish : St Paul
Inscription : 166375 Sapper WR EVERARD Royal Engineers 9th November 1918 age 27
Monument : Headstone
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202097 0.13686138 – click here for location
Commonwealth War Grave headstone in the parish area of St Paul, located seven rows to the west of the central path.
‘166375 Sapper W. R. Everard Royal Engineers
9th November 1918 age 27’
“Sleep dearest one
Thy task is over”
William Robert Everard (c1891-1918)
of the 5th Reserve Battalion the Royal Engineers died 9 November 1918. He died in the First Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge, from influenza. His body is buried here.
William Robert Everard was born in 1891 to Edward Robert and Hannah Maria Evarard, in Sawston. His parents appear to have separated before the 1911 census, as they were living at different addresses. When William died, three of his siblings were still living – Ted, Lily and Millie.
William Robert Everard married Annie May Staddin in Cambridge on 3 August 1914. He had three children. Gladys Irene (17 January 1915), Venn Joyce (18 January 1916) and Ruby May, born after his death (2 February 1919).
The family lived at 116 Argyle Street, Cambridge and William worked as a gas fitter until he enlisted in the Royal Engineers on 10 December 1915. He enlisted under the Derby Scheme and so was placed in the Reserve until being called up on 7 April 1916. He served in France from 4 November 1916 to 8 December 1917, when he returned to the UK, having been gassed. He was treated for gas poisoning in the Princess Christian Military Hospital, Englefield Green, Surrey. After his recovery he joined the 75th Reserve Battalion and then the 5th Reserve Battalion of the Royal Engineers, remaining in the UK. On 27 October 1918 he was admitted to the First Eastern General Hospital in Cambridge, with influenza, of which he subsequently died on 9 November, just two days before the end of the war.
His widow received news of his death on 10 November 1918, and was sent his possessions – a leather purse, three dice and a court, a leather pocket wallet, 1½d stamp, and correspondence. She received a pension of 29/7 a week from 12 May 1919. Prior to this she had been receiving separation allowance. Annie remarried in 1923, to George M Adams.
[Note: The rank of “Sapper” is Royal Engineers equivalent to “Private” in other regiments and corps.]
War Graves Photographic Project
1891, 1901 and 1911 Census
British Army Service Records (Lives of the First World War)
by Ian Bent, Jo Costin and Alexander Ogunbode