Roberts, Jonathan

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Connahs Quay

Name / Enw: Roberts, Jonathan

Regiment/Catrawd: Royal Welsh Fusiliers 1st/5th Bn.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private, 3646

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Kantara War Memorial Cemetery

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: E. 436.

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Egypt

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory & British War Medals

Date of Death: 5th August 1916

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Died of Wounds. 5th August 1916.

Jonathan Roberts lived in Northop Hall and is also named on the War Memorial there. Follow the link to see his page on the Northop Hall section of this website.

The 1901 census sees the family living at 12, New Brighton Row, Northop Hall, Flintshire where Father,  Jonathan Roberts was  43 and a Coal Miner (Hewer). His Wife Mary was 45. Their children were Thomas, a Brick Labourer,  Ann, 12 and Mary 9. Young Jonathan age 4  had been born in Northop, Flintshire.

By the 1911 census the family had moved to Fern Bank, Northop Hall Village, Northop, Flintshire where their house had 5 rooms. Father Jonathan Roberts, was now 53 and had been married to Mary for 25 years. He was now working on his own account at home as a Boot Repairer, Mary, 54 had given birth to 5 children, but 1 had died. Thomas,  23 and single was a Coal miner (Hewer).   His sister Mary was 19 and a General Servant.  Jonathan 14, was still at school.

Jonathan Roberts was named on the Memorial Plaque in St.Mark’s Church, Connah’s Quay, and the Northop Hall Memorial

Jonathan is mentioned in the book ” Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 1918 Royal Welsh Fusiliers   Volume 28″ – 5th Bn Roberts, Jonathan born Northop Hall, Flintshire. Enlisted Northop. 3646  Pte. Died of Wounds. Egypt. 5th August 1916.

Jonathan Roberts in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that the sole Legatee was his father Jonathan who was paid £2. 13s 3d on the 11th December 1916 and his War Gratuity of £3 on the 19th September 1919

UK soldiers who died in the Great War 1914 -19, accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental information above and adds that he was born in Northop Hall and enlisted in Northop.

Jonathan’s medal card also accessible on ancestry, records his medal details but doesn’t tell us his first theatre of war nor when he entered it.