Roberts, George Rhys

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold

Name / Enw: Roberts, George Rhys

Regiment/Catrawd: 7th Bn.,Durham Light Infantry (formely Royal Engineers)

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 77107 (formely203394)

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Nine Elms British Cemetery

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: X111.E.3

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

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory and British War medals

Date of Death: 22nd January 1918

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Died of wounds. 22nd January 1918

There is a card for George in the Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Archive Office in Hawarden. It gives his name, regiment No. and regiment (DLI) as above. The address is 17 Griffiths Square,Mold and the card is signed E.S.Roberts his sister.

George’s Commonwealth War Grave Certificate confirms the details above and tells us that his father was George Angelo Roberts and his mother Mary Elizabeth Roberts of Mold.

George first appeared on a census form in 1891 at the age of 3. The family was living in 17 Griffiths Square Mold. And consisted of George Angelo, head who was 37 and employed as a plumber, Mary Elizabeth 37 was his wife and was born in Bangor, Mary Elizabeth 7, Edith Emma 4, John Angelo 9, George Rhys 3, Herbert Angelo1 and also Robert Roberts ( brother to George Angelo) 21.

10 years later in the 1901 census and the family was still living in 17 Griffiths Square, Mold. Father George was 47 and was still employed as a plumber. Mary Elizabeth was 47. Their children were John Angelo 19 employed as a groom, George Rhys 13, Herbert Angelo 11, Robert Angelo 9, Edith Sophia 7 and Dorothey Maud McGregor 5.

The 1911 census tells that the family were still living in the same place 17 Griffiths Square. Head of the family George Angelo 57 was employed at the gas works as a plumber.  His wife Mary Elizabeth 57 had given birth to 10 children, 3 of whom had died. Children named on the census were John 29 a groom, George 25 had followed in his father’s footsteps and was employed as a plumber at the gas works. Robert 19 was working as a butcher’s assistant, sisters Edith 17 and Dorothy 15 were still at school.
(Seems unusual to have girls that age still at school).

UK Soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914 -1919 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk gives his regimental details as above .His service records survived and record that he died of wounds received to his left shoulder and left foot.

Mold Roberts George R 001

George’s grave in Nine Elms Cemetery photographed on a beautiful autumn day 7th October 2013. At the foot of his grave is the inscription ‘A loving son and brother. One of the best towards his mother.’ Nine Elms cemetery was created for a casualty clearing station near Ypres. There are 9 large trees on the edges of the cemetery. Visit E & V Williams