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Place of Birth: Barnoldswick, Yorkshire
Service No: 81252
Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Battalion / Unit: 7th (Extra Reserve) Battalion
Division: 63rd (Royal Naval) Division
Date of Death: 1917-10-30
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 28 to 30.
CWGC Cemetery: ---
CWGC Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: BARNOLDSWICK, YORKSHIRE
William Wilson ( Roger) Roberts was the son of William Wilson and Sarah Roberts, née Kendall. William, senior, was born at Liverpool, Lancashire and Sarah at Barnoldswick, Yorkshire.
1901 Barnoldswick, Yorkshire Census: Butts - William W. Roberts, aged 3 years, born Barnoldswick, son of William and Sarah Roberts.
1911 Barnoldswick, Yorkshire Census: 32, St James Square - William Wilson Roberts, aged 12 years, born Barnoldswick, son of William Wilson and Sarah Roberts.
William served under age in France with the 8th (Service) Bn East Lancashire Regiment - see 'Craven Herald' (30 November 1917). His parents 'reclaimed' him but he was later conscripted.
William was married to Mary Leeson in 1917.
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Private William Roberts, 17548, E. Lan. R.; GS/81252, R. Fus.
British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte William Roberts, 17548, 8th E. Lancs. R. 31.7.15 to 10.9.16. GS/81252, 20th R. Fus. 17.9.17 to 27.9.17. 7th R. Fus. 28.9.17 to 30.10.17. Theatres of war in which served: 1(a) [France].
Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte William Roberts, G/81252, 7th Bn R. Fusiliers. Date and Place of Death: 30.10.17. In action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Mary. £14 15s. 8d.
William is commemorated on the Barnoldswick War Memorial as W.R. Roberts.
A short biography of William is included in: ‘Barnoldswick - A small Town’s part in conflicts 1800 to 2014’ by Peter Ian Thompson (2014).
Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entryView Entry in CPGW Book
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:
ROBERTS, W.R., aged 19 years, Royal Fusiliers, 9, Havre Park, [Barnoldswick], killed in action Oct. 30, 1917.
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Private William ROBERTS
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 63rd (Royal Naval) Division
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