Roberts, Alfred Frank

Alfred Frank Roberts was born during on 6 March 1891 at Bagillt, Flintshire.

The 1901 Census states that the family at that time lived at 3 Voel Gron, Bagillt, Flintshire.  The head of the family was John Roberts aged 40, who was employed as a Coal Miner at Bettisfield Colliery, Bagillt. His wife was Sarah Roberts (nee May) and their 7 (seven) listed children  were John Joseph Roberts aged 11, Alfred Frank Roberts aged 10, Winifred C Roberts aged 9, Mary E A Roberts aged 6, Martha M Roberts aged 4 and twin sons Alban M Roberts and Leonard V Roberts aged 1 year.

On leaving school Alfred was also employed at Bettisfield Colliery.

On 7 November 1914 he enlisted in Yorkshire as a Private in 10th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. He was killed in action on Monday 13th July 1916 on the Somme. He was aged 25 years. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

His brother John Joseph Roberts also served in the Army and was wounded in France, but fortunately he survived the war.

Alfred Frank Roberts is also remembered on the North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales.

There is no Flintshire Roll of Honour card for him at the County Archives Office, Hawarden.

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