Roberts, Noah

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

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold

Name / Enw: Roberts, Noah

Regiment/Catrawd: 1st/4th Bn.,Cheshire Regiment

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 200390 (formerly 1935)

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

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: E. 377

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

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

Date of Death: 21st March 1918

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Died 21st March 1918 aged 28

Noah first appears on a census in 1891.He was living with his bilingual family in Griffith Square Mold.  The whole family had been born in Mold.The father and head of the household was Henry aged 39, a coal miner.His wife was Fanny aged 30. Their children were Samuel 10, Mary 8, Henry 6, Hugh 3 and Noah 1

Ten years later, in 1901 the family was still in Mold  in Milford Street (we think. Writing is terrible). Henry was 49 and we think his occupation might be church sexton (but it is really difficult to make out).  Fanny his wife was 40. The children were Mary 17, Henry 14, (both tin plate workers. Noah was 12, Edward was 4, Sarah A 9 and John 1.

In the 1911 census we find that Noah is living in Gorseinion Glamorgan as a boarder in the home of William Jenkins a confectioner and his family. There were three boarders – all tin plate workers. Noah Roberts and Joseph Williams were both 21 and both from Mold. The third boarder was a 44 year old single woman, Ann Davies

Noah’s Commonwealth War Grave Certificate (see below) tells us that he was married. He married Bella Lloyd in 1914 in Flintshire. The War Grave Certificate gives the address 70, Front Row Maes y Dre Mold. We assume this was their married home. We can see too that Bella remarried after the war and became Bella Hughes.

Noah’s medal card accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk gives us that alternative regimental number (see above). Soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914 – 19 also accesible on Ancestry.co.uk tells us that he enlisted in Birkenhead and that he ‘died’ in Egypt – was not ‘Killed in Action’ or ‘Died of Wounds’. Probably, like many serving in that climate, died of illness or possibly an accident.