Roberts, Albert

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Photo thanks to Paul R.

I have no clue to Albert’s parents and his place of birth, except for the additional information on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and what is on the Ancestry entry saying he was born in Wrexham.

The CWGC – Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Davies (formerly Roberts), of Nurses Home, Brymbo, Wrexham, Denbighshire, and the late Edward Roberts.

Albert Roberts in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 tells us that his place of birth and enlistment was Wrexham and confirms the regimental details above.

Albert Roberts in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that the sole Legatee and Executor was his Uncle William who received £8 15s 5d on the 16th January 1919 and his War Gratuity of £8 10s on the 22nd December 1919.

Albert Roberts in the England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995 tell us that his Uncle William must still have been living at the White Horse Hotel in 1918 – ROBERTS, Albert of White Horse Hotel, Overton, Flintshire a Private No. 54649  13th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers died 22nd April 1918 in France on Active Military Service.  Probate St. Asaph 30th August to William ROBERTS Hotel Keeper.   Effects £44 0s 6d.

However, Thomas LEEMAN, Licensed Victualler, wife Emily, 1 daughter and 2 sons and a servant were living at the White Horse Hotel in Overton on the 1911 census, so Albert must have come to stay or live at the Hotel after the 1911 census,  likewise his Uncle William ROBERTS.   There mustn’t have been any guests that night in the Hotel.

Albert Roberts in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 is the source that tells us that he had another Regimental No. – 9282 but does not tell us where his first Theatre of War was nor when he entered it.

Albert’s Flintshire WW1 Index Card (Overton F 21) gives his address as the White Horse Hotel, Overton-on-Dee  – Regimental details – 54649 R.W.F.  Pte. Period of Service 2 years.   Served in France   Killed on April 22nd 1918.   Card signed by Wm. Roberts, Jun. But not dated.  – 1918.

To add to the mystery I found 2 Flintshire WW1 Index cards at The Flintshire Record Office at Hawarden for 2 other Roberts boys, but they survived, the connection is their address and one of the names, which was given on both cards as the White Horse Hotel, they were William Roberts, Jun. and Edward Roberts.   Were they Albert’s brothers?

If anyone can add anything, just a little clue so we cann add to Albert’s story, it would be gratefully received.



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