St. James from the church tower

George Roberts

Surname: Roberts
Other names: George
Other people in this story:
James Roberts
Emma Jane Roberts née Lane
Margreta Roberts née Deacon
James Roberts (Junior)
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Kings Head Road, Abertillery, Monmouthshire, Wales
Bedwellty, Monmouthshire, Wales
Layton Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury

Story:
George Roberts was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 20th April 1887, the son of James Roberts and Emma Jane Roberts (née Lane).  He lived his early life in Layton Lane, Shaftesbury.   By 1909 he had moved to Abertillery, Monmouthshire, to work as a Collier and had served two years with the South Wales Borderers (3rd Volunteer Battalion) on a Territorial basis.   On 14th January 1909 he re-enlisted with the Monmouthshire Regiment (48th Provisional, 3rd Battalion) as a Territorial and he attended annual training camps (Service No. 699).  During 1910 he married Margreta  Deacon in the Bedwellty Registration District, Monmouthshire, and they went on to have four children.  He was mobilized on 5th August 1914 and served as a Private in the UK only.  He was discharged on 17th May 1916 having completed his terms of engagement.  He gave his address as 29 Kings Head Road, Abertillery.  No medal records can be found for this soldier.  By the 1939 Register he had moved to 32 Montague Street, Abertillery and was noted working as a Colliery Coal Cutter Below.  He died in 1955 in the Bedwellty Registration District. 

His older brother of James Roberts (b.1879) served with the Dorsetshire Regiment during the war.

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Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
James Roberts