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He was the son of William and Adelaide Roberts of 47 Coal Pit Lane Nottingham and the husband of Eleanor May Peel (formerly Roberts), of Congewai Street Aberdare New South Wales Australia (CWGC). At the time of the 1911 census he was 15 years old (b. 1896) living with his parents, and employed as a labourer. It appears that John and Eleanor were married in March 1915 (he was in France by 16 March); their daughter was born in April the same year. His widow remarried and emigrated to Australia.
Member of 2nd Nottingham Boys' Brigade (Dakeyne Street Lads' Club).
08 May 1915
920290 - CWGC Website
Enlisted in Nottingham but gave his residence as Sheffield.
4th Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps
Rifleman John William Roberts, enlisted at Nottingham and served with the 4th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps. He landed in France on 15 March 1915 (medal roll) and was killed in action on 8th May 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.
In memoriam published 8th May 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “ROBERTS. – Corporal John William Roberts, killed in action May 8th, 1915. Sadly missed, silently mourned. – Sister Ruth. “ROBERTS. – In loving memory of my dear husband, Corporal J. W. Roberts, K.R.R., killed in action May 8th, 1915. Not dead to those who loved him, not lost, but gone before; he lives with us in memory still, and will for evermore. – Wife and daughter. “ROBERTS. – In memory of Corporal J. W. Roberts, K.R.R., killed in action May 8th, 1915. The light is from our household gone, the voice we love is still; a place is vacant on our hearth, which never can be filled. – Father and mother.” Above in memoriam are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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