Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion and Vivien
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Northop Hall
Name / Enw: Jonathon Roberts
Regiment/Catrawd: 1/5th Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 3646
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Kantara War Memorial Cemetery
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: E436
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Egypt
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory and British War medals
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Killed in Action/Died of wounds in Egypt 5th August 1916 aged 19 yrs
There is a card for Jonathan in the Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Archive Office in Hawarden, Flintshire. It gives regimental details as above. His Commonwealth War Grave Certificate, (see below) tells us his parents were Jonathan and Mary Roberts of 4 Fern Bank, Northop Hall.The card says he was ‘killed in action’.
Jonathan first appeared on a census in 1901. He was living with his family 12, New Brighton Row Northop Hall, Flintshire. His father, also Jonathan was 43 and a collier. His mother was 45 year old Mary. The children at home were Thomas 13 a brick labourer, Ann 12, Mary 9 and Jonathan 4.
Ten years later in the 1911 census the family was living at Fern Bank, Northop Hall. Father – Jonathan aged 53 was listed as a Boot repairer. Mary, his wife of 25 years was 56 and living at home were Thomas 23 a coal miner, Mary 19 a general servant and Jonathan 14 – at school. This census form also tells us that Mary had given birth to 5 children and that 4 of them were still living.
UK soldiers who died in The Great War 1914 – 19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk gives us all the regimental details above and adds that he enlisted in Northop. It also says he ‘died of wounds’.
Jonathan Roberts is also named on the Connah’s Quay memorial. Follow the link to see his page on that section of this website.