Frank was born in 1898 in Leeswood near Mold.The census of 1901 places the family in Queen Street Leeswood. The head of the household was Meshach Roberts a 30 year old collier. His wife was Mary aged 26 and their son Frank was 2 years old. They had all been born in Leeswood.
The next census of 1911 finds the family in Laburnum Cottage Queen Street, Leeswood. Apart from being ten years older and having one more child life seems to be much the same for Meshach and Mary. Frank was 12 years old and a scholar and his little brother, Edwin was 1 year old.
There is a Roll of Honour card for Frank at the Flintshire County Archive Office at Hawarden. It gives the address as Laburnum Cottage Leeswood and says that he served 1 year and 6 months. It tells us that he died as a prisoner of war, of dysentry at Forbach Germany. It gives the death date as 14th October which is slightly different from other sources all of which say that he died on 4th October 1918. This card was signed by Meshach Roberts on 17th October 1919.
Frank’s grave visited by Eifion and Viv Williams on the 13th April 2014. The inscription reads 202985 Private F Roberts Welch Regiment 4th October 1918 Age 20. A Silent thought A secret tear Keep his memory ever near
This monument within the cemetery says that the cemetery was originally made for 1 American, 60 British and 72 French World war 1 servicemen.
This long narrow cemetery was approached up a narrow rough track. It was on the edge of woodland and once formed part of the grounds of the Chateau Pereuse which was used as a hospital during the war. On one side of the walled cemetery a cornfield had been planted. On the wall inside the cemetery, pruned trees have been trained on wires. It was peaceful and quiet apart from birdsong. We found the graves of two Flintshire soldiers Frank Roberts of Leeswood and Henry Bragg of Bagillt. The chateau which is a very beautiful building is still a hospital – but a very different one now. It is a private psychiatric clinique. ( visited by Eifion and Viv Williams 13th April 2014)
Learn more about the other soldiers on the Leeswood Memorial