Alfred Frank Roberts was born circa 1913 (Flintshire (Mold) HOL/50/89) the son of John Joseph & Margaret Roberts (nee Foulkes), who had married at Bagillt Parish Church on the 22nd November 1911.
As there are no published Census returns published after the 1911 census I have no information on Alfred Frank’s life, until he is seen marrying Margaret Elizabeth Ashbrook in a Civil Ceremony at Holywell in 1936 (Flintshire (Mold) HOL/60/35).
It is on the 1939 Register, which was taken on the 29th September 1939 that they both appear living at Union Street , Connah’s Quay:-
Alfred F Roberts 22 Nov 1912 Male Electricians Labourer Married 363 1
Margaret E Roberts 31 Oct 1914 Female Unpaid Domestic Dut Married 363 2
Hubert F Roberts* 24 Feb 1938 Male Under School Age Single 363 3.
*Young Hubert Frank’s birth certificate :- (Flintshire (Mold)FLNT/67/74).
On the same 1939 Register, his parent’s are seen living at 10 Glanydon Estate , Holywell U.D., Flintshire, Wales.-
10 Glanydon Estate , Holywell U.D., Flintshire, Wales
John Joseph Roberts 21 Oct 1889 Male Fibro Silk Spinner Married 185 1
Marguerite(sic) Roberts 23 Oct 1889 Female Unpaid Domestic Duties Married 185 2
War was declared on the 3rd September 1939, and the 1939 Register shows Alfred Frank still at home, so I do not know when he enlisted or joined the R.A.F, as I cannot find any Records for him, but the WW2 Talk Forum, when I asked for help to what Squadron Alfred Frank might have been in and these are their replies, for which I give my thanks for their help.:-
Tim replied – RAFCommands – RAF postings were to a Formation but not all Formations are Squadrons. Especially for non aircrew Other Ranks then they could be on the strength of a Squadron but in most cases they would be posted to a Base/HQ/Station etc and used as a common resource for co-located Squadron needs. As he is commemorated on the CWGC (and hence passed away over 25 years ago) you can apply to the RAF Disclosures without need to supply a death certificate to get a copy of his full service records.
His death in Aberdeen was due to TB.
I found on https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/record-results?search_type=People&surname=roberts&forename=alfred%20frank&forename_so=exact&from_year=1944&to_year=1944&surname_so=exact&record_type=stat_deaths Alfred Frank’s possible death certificate.
Surname Forename Age at death Mother’s Maiden Name Year Ref RD Name Image View
ROBERTS, ALFRED FRANK 31 1944 168/1 276 Aberdeen Northern District —– This would have to be purchased to confirm/deny.
Chester Chronicle 11th March 1944 Page 3 Col. 3
Death of LAC A.F. ROBERTS – The Death occurred on Thursday (last week) in an Aberdeen Hospital of L.A.C. Alfred Frank ROBERTS. He was the son-in-law of Mrs. J. ASHBROOK, 7, Union-street, Connah’s Quay, and aged 31. The funeral took place on Tuesday at Golftyn Cemetery, the Rev. H.D. ALLEN, officiating. The mourners were Mrs. ROBERTS, (Widow), Mr. & Mrs. J.G. ROBERTS, (father and mother), Mrs. JONES, (sister), Mrs. ELLIS, Miss A. ROBERTS, Mrs. L. ROBERTS, Mrs. FOULKES, Mrs. CARTWRIGHT, Mrs. GRIFFITHS, (aunts), Mrs. FOULKES (cousin), Mrs. ASHBROOK, (mother-in-law). Mr. & Mrs. H. ASHBROOK, Mrs. DALTON, Mr. & Mrs. W. ASHBROOK, Mr. & Mrs. ROUND, Mr. & Mrs. C. ASHBROOK, Mr. HALLMARK and Master N. HALLMARK, Miss M. ASHBROOK, Mr. & Mrs. R. POVEY and Master CARTWRIGHT.
Any information to add to Alfred Frank’s story would be gratefully received.
I believe from the 1939 Register that Margaret Elizabeth remarried to a John Roberts on the 13th December 1949,( Flintshire (Mold) HOL/72/93) the Certificate would have to be purchased to confirm/deny.
Alfred Frank was well loved as his name was put forward to be remembered on the War Memorial.