I do not know who is the right J. Roberts, but there is a John ROBERTS on the St. Ethelwold’s School Roll of Honour. There are 4 J. ROBERTS on the Connah’s Quay / Shotton Cenotaph.
There were 2 John ROBERTS listed on St. Mark’s Church Roll of Honour, so if this is one of them, then he must have moved to Connah’s Quay and been part of the congregation to be named on the Roll of Honour and that move must have been after the 1911 census. Any help would be gratefully received.
There is a John Roberts who is named on the Buckley Memorial, therefore although he enlisted in Shotton, the question is was he living in Shotton or Connah’s Quay at the time of enlisting? However reading his story on that I would not think that he would have been in Connah’s Quay and Shotton unless it was for work at the steelworks, perhaps, between the 1911 census and the war a few years later. Please click on the link to read his story.
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 about John Roberts 2nd Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Regtl. No. 12298, tells us that he enlisted in Shotton, although he was born in Mold and his residence was Buckley, so he is an enigma.
John Roberts Regtl. No. 12298 in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that the sole Legatee was his father William who was paid £6. 8s 8d on the 24th November 1916 and his War Gratuity of £8. 10s 0d on the 1st December 1919.
There is a Monumental Inscription that may give a clue to this Soldier:- St. Deniol’s Churchyard -Monumental Inscriptions Volume 11 – Lovelock.
Page 82 Private John ROBERTS, 9th Bat. R.W.F. died of illness contracted on active service in France 4th March 1915 age 41.
It doesn’t say that he died abroad, perhaps he died at Home as quite a few of the Soldiers were sent home. However the 2 John ROBERTS who died and were registered at Hawarden in 1915 were both too old and certainly not 41 years old.