UK Soldiers who died in the Great war 1914- 19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk says that Harry Roberts was born and lived in Bangor on Dee. He enlisted in Mold. All the regimental details are recorded on this page. The Flintshire card says that he lived ‘opposite the Post Office’ in Bangor. The regimental details are recorded above.
It has not yet proved possible to find Harry on a census form.
Please can anyone help resolve this soldier’s story?
Many many thanks to Paul Roberts who sent us this e mail clearing up the mystery,
I’ve been researching men of the 1/8th and 2/8th Battalions, the Worcestershire Regiment for some time. I am certain that the details you have Harry Roberts are correct i.e. he began his service with the South Wales Borderers and was transferred to the 2/8th Worcesters. The block of Worc R numbers from 44018 – 44152 contain 65 men of the 11th South Wales Borderers. The remainder are recorded as serving overseas with the Worcestershire Regiment only (including Harry Roberts) – their medals will have Worc R on them. However I am certain that these men also served with the SWB. There are 6 men in the number block recorded as serving with the Worc R who were killed and they came from Shropshire, Monmouthshire and Cheshire.
Sorry to have gone on a bit. If you’ve got any queries, please let me know.
Note: There’s a problem with this soldier. There is an index card for him in the Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Record Office in Hawarden. There is NOTHING else that we can find that relates to the information on that card. There is a Harry Roberts that was born and lived in Bangor on Dee who does appear in some military records noteably the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and ‘UK Soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914 -19′ but with very different regimental details. Until the mystery can be explained, we produce both sets of information on this page. The information in italics is from the Flintshire card. The non italicised script is information from other military sources.