William John Roberts was born in Bagillt on 9th September, 1892 and was baptised on 15th December, 1892 at St Mary’s Parish Church, Bagillt. He was the second of four children to Edward Roberts and Annie (Johnson). He was a brother to Private Thomas Roberts who also died in the war and has been written about elsewhere.
In the 1911 census William and brother Tom were listed as visitors at the home of widow Mrs Bridget Welch and her three sons at 19, Feathers Street, Flint.
He enlisted in Flint and arrived in France on the 19th July 1915, where, on the 5th September he was killed in action by a sniper.
He was buried in Browns Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, Pas de Calais, France (Plot I, Row E, Grave 9).
He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal and is remembered on the war memorial at St Mary’s Parish Church, Flint.
William John Roberts is also named on the Connah’s Quay/Shotton Memorial