Roberts, David Pennant

David Pennant Roberts was born on the 9th December 1888.

He was first recorded on a census in 1891, living with his family at Nantgwilym (Spelling?) Tremeirchion. Head of the household was Joseph aged 35, an Agricultural Labourer. His wife was Harriet aged 30. Their listed children were Richard 10, Edward 9, Thomas M 7, Joseph 4, David P 2 and Katherine 3 months.

Ten years later in the 1901 census The family was living at Nantlys Farmyard. Joseph Roberts 45, was listed as a Yardman on the Farm. Harriet his wife was 40 and the children listed at home were Joseph 14, David P 12, Catherine 10, Margaret 8, John 5 and Hugh 3. (David Littler Jones points out in his book that Joseph Roberts, the father, worked for Mr Pennamt of Nantlys for many years which was probably where the ‘Pennant’ in David’s name came from).

The 1911 census records the family living at Deanary Yard, St Asaph. Joseph, by then 55 was listed as a Garden Labourer. His wife of 31 years was 50 and the form tells us she had given birth to 10 children all of whom were still living. Listed at home were Margaret 18 an Assistant Laundress, John 15 was a Domestic Gardener. Hugh 13 and Mary 6 were scholars. David Pennant Roberts was not at home for the census.  By then he was 22 and was in fact working as an Assistant at Nantgwilym Farm. He worked for Farmer Mr Enos Jones.

UK Soldiers Who Died in The Great War 1914 -19 accessible on confirms all the regimental details as at the top of this page. It says he enlisted in Denbigh (on the 10th November 1914 according to David Littler Jones). This source tells us that he ‘Died of Wounds’.

His medal card also on Ancestry, lists his three medals and notes his death date. It also says that his first theatre of war was France and he entered it on 1st December 1915.

The Register of Soldiers’ Effects in which the Army calculated what monies were owed to deceased soldiers includes an entry for David Pennant Roberts. It is this source that says he died in 2nd G Hospital, France.  A total of £28 .. 10sh .. 7d was paid to his parents who were joint legatees. It was paid in 2 separate payments.


David Pennant Roberts is also named on the St Asaph and Bodfari memorials.

Back to top