Roberts, Henry Sheriff

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Saltney

Name / Enw: Roberts, Henry Sheriff

Regiment/Catrawd: Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 17th Bn. formerly 5th Bn.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Captain

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Tyne Cot Memorial

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Panel 63 to 65.

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

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Not known

Date of Death: 27th August 1917

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in Action 27th August 1917, age 30 years.

Chester Roll of Honour - Town Hall - Officers 2

The three brothers are remembered on the Chester Roll of Honour which is in the Town Hall.   Photo taken on the 1st August 2016 by Mavis Williams

Henry Sheriff Roberts was the 2nd of the (Sheriff) Roberts brothers to die, this time in 1917.   Please click on the link to read Frederick Sheriff Roberts’s story and also Alan Sheriff Roberts’s story.

Henry’s family history is the same as for the 2 other brothers, except he was christened in Chester Cathedral Precincts.    He was born on the 18th November 1887 and Christened on the 10th January 1888.  The family’s address then was 11, Lumley Road, Chester and his father’s occupation was Wine Merchant.

I cannot find Henry in the 1911 census when he would have perhaps moved away or perhaps he was already in the Army, although I cannot find him anywhere at the moment.   Any help with him would be gratefully received.

I cannot find any Army Service Papers for him, including Medal Cards, they may have been lost in the bombings of the 2nd World War.

Henry Sheriff Roberts in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 just confirms his regimental details and his death date of 27th August 1917 when he was Killed in Action.

Officers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 – Henry Sheriff Roberts is named in the book on page 99 – 17 – ROBERTS, Henry Sheriff  Capt. k.in a. 27/8/17 (www.naval-military-press.com)

I can only imagine how this family suffered, losing 3 of their boys in 3 years, they were obviously loved very much for their names to be put forward for the War Memorial