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11 Feb 1898
Graythaite, Ulverstone, Lancs
John William Roberts and Sarah Grace Skepper (or Skipper) married in Horncaslte, Lincs in 1895. In 1890, Sarah was living with her in laws and had two children, Grace born 1896 in Lowick, Northants and John George Hill Roberts in 1898 in Lancashire. The family appear to have moved around somewhat as their next child, Kathleen was born in 1904 in Mostyn, Flintshire and by 1911, they were living in the Archway Clipstone Edwinstowe, Notts. where John William was employed as an estate forester. Records show that son, John George had been educated at Prestatyn and Mansfield and following became an apprentice carpenter, possibly on the Welbeck estate.
Attended Brunts School
19 Jan 1918
3040214 - CWGC Website
Royal Navy
John George was 17 when he volunteered for the Royal Navy on 14th May 1915. His first ship was the training ship, H M S Ganges where he trained as a telegraphist. He then served on depot ship HMS Alecto until joining submarine H 10. H 10 sailed on 6th January 1918 to cruise and patrol the N. W. of Vlieland in the North Sea. She was expected back about noon 14th January 1918 but failed to arrive. It was then considered lost at sea, the actual date unknown so loss is assumed to be the `Paying-off date' of 29th January 1918. All the 26 crews bodies were never recovered and appear on the Portsmouth War Memorial, John George Hill Roberts name, on the 29th panel.
Portsmouth Naval Memorial Hampshire
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