Other names: Frederick James
Locations in this story: ShaftesburyLens, FranceAix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas-de-Calais, FranceTill Hay Cottage, Iwerne Minster, DorsetYork, Ontario, CanadaIwerne Minster, DorsetToronto, CanadaMontreal, Canada
Story: Frederick James Roberts was born in Iwerne Minster on 28th February 1891. He was the son of Frank Roberts, a Stationary Engineman, and Mary Eliza Roberts née Wareham. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was working as a teamster and living at Till Hay Cottage, Iwerne Minster, Dorset. He set sail for Canada on 8th July, 1911 aboard the SS Victorian bound for Montreal. On 2nd December 1912 he married Ada Ethel Bryant at York, Ontario, Canada. He enlisted in Toronto on 29th January 1916 as a Private with the 20th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry (Service No. 679171). He was killed while serving in the trenches near Lens in Northern France on 18th August 1917 and was buried at Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas-de-Calais, France (grave id. I.J.14). He is remembered on the Iwerne Minster War Memorial, Shaftesbury. His brother, Ernest Frank Roberts, served and survived the conflict.