ROBERTS, Alfred – Gresford War Memorial

Written and researched by Mavis Williams




Pic by John Davies 19/04/2014

Alfred Roberts was born circa 1897 and baptised on the 21st March 1897 at All Saint’s Church, Gresford, the son of William & Ellen Roberts, Blacksmith.

Alfred is seen on the 1901 census living with his family at Smithy Cottages, Hewfwll Felon???? Acton, Denbighshire.   Head of the household was William Roberts, 40, a Blacksmith (Worker) born Gresford, his wife Ellen, 37, born Stafford.   Their children were Harry, 16, Joiner (Carp.) born Rhosnessney, Denbighshire, Ethel M. 15, Arthur, 5 and Alfred, 4, all born Gresford.    Son  Alic (sic),2 and Elsie, 1 month, were born Acton, Denbighshire.   There was a visitor, Lucy Holt, 6, who had been born in Malta.

The 1911 census sees the family living at Acton Smith, Wrexham, Denbighshire (5 Rooms), where, incidentally,  William and his family had lived in 1881 when his father Robert had been Blacksmith there.    William was still head of the family, now age 50 and a Blacksmith, but an Employer, his wife Ellen, 47 does not give her place of birth, and neither are their children’s places of birth or occupations, given on this census, William had filled it in and signed it, but omitted all that.   However he does tell us that they had been married 27 years and 10 children had been born to them, sadly, 1 had died.   The children in the household were Arthur, 15, Alfred, 14, Alec, 12, Elsie, 10, Eva, 8 and John William, 6

Alfred Roberts in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 tells us that he enlisted in Wrexham, and he had formerly been in the Denbighshire Yeomanry, Regtl. Number 1625, but was in the 11th Bn Cheshire Regiment, Regtl. No. 49164, when he died of wounds on the 16th October 1916.

Alfred Roberts in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that the Legatees were his father William who received £3 13s 3d on the 22nd March 1917 and his Mother Ellen who received his War Gratuity  of £3 on the 15th October 1919.   There was a recharge to the Regimental Paymaster of 3/7d on the7th April 1917.

Alfred Roberts  in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 tells us that he was awarded the Victory & British War Medals, but does not tell us where his first Theatre of War was nor when he entered it.

Alfred was only 19 years old when he died, but his name was put forward to be remembered, probably by his family, so he was well loved.


Researched and compiled by Mavis Williams

BOUZINCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, FRANCE.

History

Bouzincourt was used as a field ambulance station from early in 1916 to February 1917, when the Allied line went forward from the Ancre. It was in German hands for a few days in the spring of 1918. BOUZINCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY was used for burials from March to July 1916 and again from April to June 1918; it contains 33 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. The adjoining CEMETERY EXTENSION was begun in May 1916 and used until February 1917. In the early part of July 1916, it was used not only for burials from the field ambulances but also for the interment of many soldiers killed in action and brought back from the line. The extension was reopened from the end of March 1918 until the following September and used largely by the 38th (Welsh) Division. In 1919, 20 graves were brought into Plot II, Row A from the immediate neighbourhood of Bouzincourt and 108 more were brought into Plots I, III and IV in 1924-25 from the various Somme battlefields and from the following Churchyard:- FRAMERVILLE CHURCHYARD contained the graves of two Australian soldiers who fell in August, 1918. (The village was captured by the 2nd Australian Division on the 9th August.) They were at the South end of the Churchyard, which was later closed to burials and made into a public square. The extension now contains 589 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 108 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to casualties known or believed to be buried among them. The extension was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.


Pic by John Davies 19/04/2014

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