Roberts, Frank

Frank Roberts was born in Rhyl, Flintshire, North Wales in 1894.

The 1901 Census shows that the family lived at 42 High Street, Rhyl, Flintshire.  The head of the family was William Roberts aged 52, a Corn Merchant.  His wife Mary Nightingale Roberts (nee Davies) aged 43 and their 8 (eight) children – Edith Roberts aged 13, Stanley Roberts aged 11, John Harold Roberts aged 10, Adrina Mary Roberts aged 8, Frank Roberts aged 7, Kathleen D Roberts aged 5 and twins, Gladys Hilda Roberts and Vera Mary Roberts aged 4 years.  Also living with the family as employees – Anne Sarah Hughes aged 20, a Domestic Servant and Susannah Edwards aged 17, a General Domestic Servant.

On leaving school Frank obtained employment as a Solicitors Clerk with a local firm of Solicitors.

On Tuesday 4 August 1914, aged 20 years 9 months he enlisted with the Denbighshire Hussars Yeomanry, who became 24th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.  His Attestation Certificate stated that he lived at 131 High Street, Rhyl, Flintshire and was employed as a Solicitors Clerk.  He was described as 5′ 8″ tall, Chest Measurement 38″, Expansion 3″.  His physical development was described as good and according to the Recruitment Officer and Medical Officer he was fit for Military Service.

On Friday 3 March 1916 the Battalion sailed with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force to Egypt and on Wednesday 31 October 1917 Frank suffered gun shot wounds to the head causing temporary paralysis of his right arm and loss of memory. He was discharged as medically unfit on 12 March 1918 and died at home on 24 July 1918 due to his injuries.

The National Probate Calendar for 1918, which was administered on 28 October 1918 at St. Asaph, Denbighshire states that Frank Roberts of 1 Brighton Road, Rhyl, Flintshire on his death had bequeathed the sum of £110. 0s. 0d. to his father William Roberts.

On 3 August 1920, a payment of £17. 0s. 0d. was made by the War Office to William Roberts, being monies owed to his son Frank.

2Christ Church Memorial, Rhyl

Christ Church Memorial Plaque, Rhyl, Flintshire.

He is also remembered on The North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, North Wales and on a Remembrance Plaque at The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Marine Drive, Rhyl, Flintshire.


Learn more about the other soldiers on the Rhyl Memorial

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