ROBERTS, Samuel – Gresford War Memorial

Written and researched by Mavis Williams

Beersheba War Cemetery

Samuel Roberts is the older brother of John (Jack) Roberts* and he was born circa 1887, he was baptised at All Saint’s Church, Gresford on the 7th August 1887, the son of James & Rebecca Roberts.

*Read his story here.


I believe they married in All Saints Church, Gresford:-

Page 239 No 477 31st December 1879 James ROBERTS Full age, Bachelor, Labourer, Pant, Gresford, Edward ROBERTS, Bricklayer & Rebecca Whitley, full age, Spinster, Gresford, John Whitley, Labourer.

Witnesses:-George JONES, Mary MARTIN X, her mark.

Samuel first appears on the 1891 census living in Hillock Lane, Gresford, his father James Roberts. 42, a Bricklayer’s Labourer, born Moss, Denbighshire was head of the household.    His wife Rebecca was age 34 years old.      Their family of 4 children were Annie, 8, Fanny, 6 Samuel, 3 and James 2.

On the 1881 census James, 33 & Rebecca, 25, had lived in Pant, Marford & Horsley, Gresford and shared their house with James’s brother John, 37 and single.

The rest of Samuel’s family history is the same as Johns, but I don’t think that Samuel married as his Soldier’s effects were left to his mother and John, see below.

Samuel Roberts in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 gives his birthplace and enlistment  place as Wrexham

Samuel Roberts in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that his sole Legatee was his mother Rebecca who received £10 4s 9d on the 31st August 1918.    His War Gratuity of £12 10* was shared between his mother Rebecca who received £10 14s 4d and his brother John received £1 15s 8d on the 17th February 1920.

*This leads me to think that he was in the Territorial Force before the war as the average War Gratuity of a soldier who enlisted at the start of the was usually £3.

Samuel Roberts in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 tells us that he was awarded the Victory & British War Medals and it’s this source that tells us that he had another Regimental Number – 4228, perhaps this was his Territorial Regimental Number?    The card does not tell us his first Theatre of War, nor when he entered it.

I cannot find any more information on Samuel, so any help would be gratefully received.


Researched and compiled by Mavis Williams

Beersheba War Cemetery

History Information

By October 1917, General Allenby’s force had been entrenched in front of a strong Turkish position along the Gaza-Beersheba road for some months, but they were now ready to launch an attack with Beersheba as its first objective. On 31 October, the attack was carried out by the XXth Corps (10th, 53rd, 60th and 74th Divisions) on the west, and the Desert Mounted Corps on the east. That evening the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade charged over the Turkish trenches into the town. The cemetery was made immediately on the fall of the town, remaining in use until July 1918, by which time 139 burials had been made It was greatly increased after the Armistice when burials were brought in from a number of scattered sites and small burial grounds. The cemetery now contains 1,241 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 67 of them unidentified.


Pic by John Davies 19/04/2014

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