Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Connahs Quay
Name / Enw: Roberts, William John
Regiment/Catrawd: Royal Welsh Fusiliers 9th Btn.
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 13640
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Brown’s Road Military Cemetery Festubert
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: I.E.9.
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory & British War Medals and 15 Star
Date of Death: 5th September 1915
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Killed in Action 5th September 1915 age 23 years.
The main key to identifying this soldier is the tiny newspaper cutting below which gives a name and regimental number.
UK soldiers who Died in the Great War 1914 -19 and accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental details above. It tells us that William John Roberts was born in Bagillt and enlisted in Flint and that he was ‘Killed in Action’ in France and Flanders on the 5th September 1915.
There is a medal card for William John Roberts which confirms the regimental details above. It lists his three medals and adds that he first entered a Theatre of War on 19th July 1915 and that he was Killed in Action on the 5th September that same year.
His CWGC tells us that he was the son of Edward and Ann Roberts of Broad oak Farm, Northop, Flintshire but it has not yet proved possible to discover much more about this soldier before he joined the army If anyone knows anything more about W.J. Roberts named on the Connah’s Quay/Shotton Memorial please get in touch via the Contacts Page on this website. We would be very grateful for any help at all.
William John Roberts in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that the sole Legatee was his father Edward who was paid £1. 2s 7d on the 2nd December 1915 and his War Gratuity of £3. 10s 0d on the 2nd October 1919.
This soldier is also named on Flint Memorial