Everingham, Guy

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Guy Everingham (Guy Everingham Davenport Jukes)

Second Lieutenant, No 16 Sqn, Royal Flying Corps
Killed in action, 8 April 1917, aged 22
Buried at Bois-Carre British Cemetery, Thelus, France

CWGC registered (Son of William and Patricia F Everingham; husband of Gladys A Everingham, of Lynwood, St. David’s Place, Llandudno. His brother Robin also fell)

Guy Everingham is not remembered on the Llandudno memorials. However, he married a girl from Llandudno in Holy Trinity Church and is remembered on the stone of his parents-in-law in St. Tudno’s Churchyard. Guy Everingham’s biography is included here for interest’s sake but there is no evidence that he ever lived in the town.

Guy was born Guy Everingham Davenport Jukes at Barry, Glamorganshire on 28 June 1894 to William Webb Jukes and his wife Patricia Florence Everingham Jukes (née Davenport). The register for the Parish of Barry records Guy’s baptism on 11 August 1914, giving the family’s address as “Parade” and his father’s occupation as a drug merchant. The couple’s first son, Vere Davenport Jukes had died the previous year aged 11 months. In 1898, the family’s address was 10 The Walk, Cardiff. That year, William Webb Jukes was involved in a proposed expedition to the Klondike prospecting for gold and was also charged with ill-treating his wife. Seemingly reconciled, the Census of 1901 records the family living at Tynemouth, Northumberland; William Jukes was described as a commission agent for ship stores. Three children are named: Guy E (6), Robin E (4) and Patricia V E (2).

The Census for 1911 recorded that Guy’s mother was living in Cardiff. Her name was stated as Patricia Wormald, married to Thomas Wormald, an automotive engineer. Though this marriage had apparently taken place seven years previously, no record of it has yet been found. The couple were recorded as having had four children, one of whom had died (which was correct the Jukes family). No children are named in this record but Guy (17) appears as Guy Everingham Wormald in a return for Newtown, Montgomeryshire where he was a motor mechanic. Patricia Wormald (12), a schoolgirl, is also recorded at another boarding house in Newtown. No census record for William Jukes for 1911 has been found but there is a newspaper report concerning him in June 1910 in Cardiff. There is evidence that Guy later lived in Llanidloes as did his mother who gave her address as “Vaenor Park”, Llanidloes.

Guy enlisted in the 13th (Service) Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in October 1914. His regimental number was 16838. He was a corporal when gazetted as a second lieutenant on 25 February 1915. He disembarked in France on 10 March 1916 serving first with the battalion and later as bombing officer in the 113th Trench Mortar Battery and transferred to the General List of the Royal flying Corps in September 1916. Whilst on leave on 19 February 1917, Guy married Gwladys Annie Brown of “Lynwood”, St. David’s Place, Llandudno (b 1888) at Holy Trinity Church. It seems probable that the couple met whilst he was with the RWF in Llandudno.

Guy Everingham was killed in action aged 22 on Easter Sunday, 8 April 1917 whilst an observer on No 16 Sqn RFC. He was killed alongside his pilot, Second Lieutenant Keith Ingleby MacKenzie, whilst photographing the German lines prior to the Battle of Arras, their BE2g having been shot down by Baron Von Richthofen – his 39th victory. The airmen were initially posted as missing because their aeroplane had fallen into a battle zone. They were buried where they fell but were later reinterred at Bois-Carre British Cemetery, Thelus, France.

The Probate Calendar for November 1917 records Guy’s address as “Vaenor”, Howarden Road, Colwyn Bay which is where his mother then resided. Probate was granted to his widow Gwladys who was remarried two years later to Bertie E Matthews in Market Harborough. She died in 1951.

Researching this officer has shown some inconsistencies in his background. For example, Flight magazine reported in a family-provided biography that he was the son of Mrs Everingham-Wormald; De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour recorded that he was the son of the late William Everingham, by his wife Patricia Florence; and Commonwealth War Grave Commission records state that he was the son of William and Patricia F Everingham. Having achieved minor but unwanted celebrity by being a victim of the Red Baron, Guy is invariably recorded as being fathered by the elusive William Everingham and not William Jukes. Guy’s younger brother, Robin, was killed at Gallipoli.

Known memorials:

  • St. Idloe’s Church, Llanidloes
  • Parents-in-law’s grave, St. Tudno’s Churchyard, Great Orme

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