Other names: Thomas Edgar
Locations in this story: Billingsgate, LondonStourpaine, DorsetHartgrove, Shaftesbury, DorsetYpres, FlandersFrance & FlandersMargaret Marsh, Shaftesbury, DorsetStour Provost, DorsetPeckham, London, S.E.5
Story: Thomas Edgar Roberts was born at Billingsgate, London, on 18 Jun 1898 and baptised at Stourpaine, Dorset, on 19 Aug 1898 the son of Edgar Eli Roberts and Bertha Mary Roberts (nee Richardson). By 1911 he was living with his family at Blatchfords Farm, Hartgrove, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He enlisted on 7 Jun 1916 and served with the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 18974). He served in France and Flanders and whilst there received a shell wound to his left thigh during a battle at Ypres, Flanders. This had caused a fracture as well as outward wounds. He was admitted to the 91st Field Ambulance on 27 Mar 1918 and after treatment was repatriated by ambulance train on 30 Mar 1918 to the 4th London General Hospital at Peckham, London, S. E. 5. He was assessed and finally discharged on 18 Oct 1918 having been judged as no longer physically fit to serve due to having to wear a remedial boot to compensate for a shortening in his leg due to the wound. He was awarded a 70% pension for two years which was finally ended with the payment of a gratuity. He was also awarded the Silver War Badge No. B27415 as well as the King's Certificate No. 3932. There are no other medal records. He married Dorothy Kate Drew at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Stour Provost, Dorset, on 16 Feb 1925. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at New House Farm, Margaret Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset, described as a Dairy Farmer. He died at Margaret Marsh in 1993 aged 95 years. Thomas's brother, Harold Martin Roberts, served but died during the conflict.