Thomas Johnfirst appeared in a census in 1901. He was living in Higher Shotton with his family. His father was Millington Roberts 42, a Labourer in the Iron Works who had been born in Mold, Flintshire. His mother was Ann 41, who had been born in Allwood Cheshire. Their children were William E. 15 and a Labourer in the Iron Works, Sarah J 13, Priscilla 11, Millington 8 and Thomas J 2. The children were all born in Shotton, Flintshire.
By the 1911 census the family was living at Pear Tree Cottage, Shotton, Queens Ferry, Flintshire. Labourer, Millington Roberts, 52 stated he and Anne 51, had been married for 28 years. Ten children had been born and three had died. A new daughter had been added, Maggie was 9. William Edward was 26 and single and was a ‘Catcher in the Sheet Mill’. Sarah Jane was 23 and single. Millington jnr, was 18 and a Labourer. Thomas John was 12 and at School. There was a Grandson, Kenneth, age 11 months.
UK soldiers who died in the Great War 1914 -19, accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental information above and adds that Thomas John enlisted in Flint.
Thomas John’s medal card also accessible on ancestry, records his medal details but tells us nothing about his first Theatre of War nor when he entered it. However it did tell us that he had another Regimental No. (2782) and he had been a Private in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
Thomas John Roberts in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that the sole Legatee was his father Millington Roberts who was paid £3. 19s 6d on the 26th April 1917 and his War Gratuity of £8. 10s 0d on the 24th October 1919
This Soldier may be named on the St. Ethelwold’s Church Roll of Honour which is in the Lady Chapel to the left of the Alter, but the initials are T.J.M. on that, so it may not be the right man. He is also remembered on the Hawarden War Memorial.
Thomas John is mentioned in this book “Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1918 Royal Welsh Fusiliers Volume 28 It says 1st Bn Roberts, Thomas John. Enlisted Flints, Residence Higher Shotton, 53921 L/Cpl. Killed in action France & Flanders 9th December 1916.