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Roberts, William

There is one William Roberts on the Hawarden Memorial but his identity is a little problematic as there are a few  possibilities. We believe this to be the correct soldier but ask for help from anyone who thinks they know otherwise.

This soldier was born and enlisted  in Bersham near Wrexham in 1911. His parents were John and Sarah Roberts of Bersham.   He was a Farm labourer aged 19 on enlistment in Wrexham. He entered his first theatre of the 1st World War on the 6th November 1914 as part of the British Expeditionary Force.

His Army Pension Records have survived and are accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk He was wounded in action on the 9th May 1915 receiving gunshot wounds to both legs.   He was discharged on the 4th April 1916 and he died the following February. He was buried in Penymynydd Churchyard but he is not listed on the Penymynydd War Memorial.

There is an index card for this William Roberts in The Flintshire Roll of Honour at The County Record Office in Hawarden. (Card   F27 Hawarden). The address given is  Little Mountain. His regimental details are confirmed as above.  The card tells us that he served for 2 yrs and that he  died on the 15th February 1919. The  card was  signed on the 19th January 1920 by Catherine Roberts, his wife. (NB. Little Mountain is in Buckley)

There is another William Roberts who was born in Hawarden and also killed, he is remembered on Buckley, please click on the link to read his story, he is remembered in the book “Soldiers Died in the Great War.   Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Volume 28” where his details are shown – 9th Bn. ROBERTS, William. born Hawarden, Flintshire, Enlisted Buckley. 16019   Pte.  Killed in action France & Flanders 2nd October 1915.


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