Thomas Edgard Roberts memorial 2

Thomas Edgar Roberts

Surname: Roberts
Other names: Thomas Edgar
Other people in this story:
Henry Roberts
Mary (Maria) Roberts
Charles Parsons
Betsie Parsons née Foot
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
France & Flanders
Merville Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Great Yeatmans, Tout Hill, Shaftesbury
Aberfan, Wales
St. John's Churchyard, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury
Motcombe, Dorset

Story:
Thomas (Tom) Edgar Roberts was born in 1884 in Shaftesbury. He was the son of Henry Roberts, a gardener, and Mary (Maria) Roberts. The family lived at Long Cross, Enmore Green. By 1901 Tom had moved to Aberfan in Wales to work in the coal mine. In 1905 his father Henry died and in 1907 his mother remarried. Maria's new husband was Charles Parsons, whose first wife, Betsie Foot, had also died in 1905. In the 1911 Census, Tom was single and described a Coal Hewer. He enlisted as a Private in the South Wales Borderers (Service No. 20956). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star medals. He died on 10th November 1917 and was buried at Merville Communal Cemetery Extension in France (grave id. 111.B.17).

In St. John's churchyard in Enmore Green a commemoration was inscribed on the headstone of his mother Maria and her second husband Charles Parsons. It reads:
PRIVATE T. ROBERTS. DIED IN FRANCE NOV.10TH 1917. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.
He is remembered on the war memorials at Motcombe and Enmore Green, Shaftesbury.  

Images:
  • Thomas Edgard Roberts memorial 3
  • Thomas Edgar Roberts memorial 1
  • St. John's Churchyard Enmore Green
  • Enmore Green Memorial 01
  • Enmore Green War Memorial 03
  • Enmore Green War Memorial 02
  • Motcombe War Memorial 03
  • Motcombe War Memorial 4
  • Motcombe War Memorial 1
  • Motcombe War Memorial 02

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives