Roberts, Alfred Frank

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  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.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Connahs Quay and Shotton War Memorial

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