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Roberts, Gomer

Gomer Roberts was born in Rhyl, Flintshire, North Wales in 1889.

On the 27 January 1909 aged 20, he enlisted with 5th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers (Flintshire Territorials) as Private No. 538.  His Attestation Certificate records that he was 5′ 10″ tall, Chest Measurement 37.5″, Expansion 2.5″.  His physical development was described as good and according to the Recruitment and Medical Officers he was fit for Military Service.

The 1911 Census shows that the family lived at 13 Gas Street, Rhyl, Flintshire.  The head of the family was William Roberts aged 51, who was employed as a Gas Works Labourer.  His wife Maria Roberts aged 55 and their two children – Gomer Roberts aged 22, a Labourer employed by Rhyl Urban District Council and Gawlad Roberts aged 12 years.

Following the outbreak of the First World War Gomer was transferred to 9th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers and travelled with the Battalion on board HMT ‘Caledonia’ to the Balkans Theatre of War, disembarking at Sulva Bay, Gallipoli on Sunday 8 August 1915.

On Monday 6 December 1915 he was admitted to a Military Hospital in Malta suffering from exposure and frost-bite.  On Friday 24 December 1915 he was invalided to England by the Hospital Ship, ‘Hunslett’.

On arrival in England he was taken to the 4th London General Hospital and following further treatment was discharged on 7 March 1916 and returned to duty.  He later served on the Western Front in France and was killed in action on 15 June 1918.

Gomer is also remembered on a Remembrance Plaque at The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Marine Drive, Rhyl, Flintshire and on The North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, North Wales.

 


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