Private 8325 Alfred Roberts

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Killed in Action on Tuesday, 13th October 1914, age 30.
Buried in Grave IV. F. 13. at Brown's Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, Pas De Calais, France.

3rd Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 7th Brigade of 3rd Division.

Son of John and Sarah Roberts; husband of Mary Ann Hinds (formerly Roberts), of 2 House, 4 Court, Hall St., Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Dudley, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, 12th August 1914.
Medal entitlement: 1914 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/189172/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
Park Lane East, Tipton, Staffs.
John Roberts (52, Boat Unloader, born Tipton), his wife Sarah (53, born Tipton), and their 3 children: James (22, Drawer at Brickworks, born Tipton), Alfred Roberts (26, Labourer, born Tipton), his wife Mary Ann (21, born Tipton), and their 1 surviving child of 2: John Thomas Alfred (12 months, born Tipton).

1911 Census
7 Churchyard Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Alfred Roberts (26, Labourer, born Tipton), his wife Mary Ann (21, born Tipton), and their 1 surviving child of 2: John Thomas Alfred (12 months, born Tipton). A further 2 sons were born, James in 1911, and Joseph in 1913.

Personal Data

Alfred Roberts had enlisted in the 3rd Worcestershire Battalion in 1905 for 3 years service, and a further 9 years in the Reserves. He had already completed six years with the Reserves, and was called back to the Worcesters immediately war broke out. He had been employed at the Earl of Dudley's Coneygree Brickworks.

After Alfred's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £3/17/10d (3 pounds, 17 shillings and 10 pence); this was paid to his widow and legatee, Mary Ann, in April 1915. His War Gratuity was £5/0/0d (5 pounds exactly), this was also paid to Mary Ann in June 1919. By that time, Mary Ann was Mrs Mary Ann Hinds as she had married Richard H. Hinds in September quarter 1916 in Dudley.

Action resulting in his death

Still to be researched. Contact me if required.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald 28th November 1914
The death has been officially notified from the War Office of Private Alfred Roberts of the Worcestershire Regiment Reserves, who resided at 8 Churchyard Row, Lower Church Lane, Tipton. The widow received the information a few days ago from the War Office that her husband was killed in action at Lacouture on October 13th. He was 30 years of age and leaves two little boys besides his widow to mourn the loss.
Mrs Roberts told our representative that her husband enlisted in the 3rd Worcestershire Battalion and after 3 years service passed into the Reserves for nine years , of the latter period he had completed six years last March. After leaving the ranks he entered the employ of the Earl of Dudley at the Coneygree Brickworks.
The deceased soldier and his family had attended St. Martin's Parish Church and on Sunday evening last, the vicar (Rev W.T. deVine MA, RD) made a touching reference to the dead soldier and his family.
The late Private Roberts was called up on August 5th. His wife received a letter from him about 6 weeks ago, in which he was going on alright, and remarking that "if we do not meet again on earth, we shall meet again in heaven". Before going away the deceased soldier had asked his wife to save the newspapers for him which she had conscientiously done, and now he will not return home to read them. His wife says she cannot bring herself to believe that her husband is dead.

Tipton Herald 20th February 1915
Rebecca Davies (17) of 65 Horseley Road, Tipton, was charged on remand with stealing a cash box containing half-a-sovereign, the property of Mrs Mary Ann Roberts, a soldier's widow.
Mrs Roberts, of 8 Churchyard Row, said that her husband was killed at the front, and prisoner had slept at her house for some time. On February 1st she had placed a cash box containing half-a-sovereign in a tin trunk in her bedroom. Prisoner slept in her house every night that week except the Friday. Witness missed the money on Monday February 8th.
Mr Davies, Probation Officer, said that some time ago defendant went for a short training in a home and she was placed in service. However she could not retain her situation. Since then she has been beyond her parent's control.
The Bench placed defendant upon probation for two years.