Thomas Edgard Roberts memorial 2

Thomas William Roberts

Surname: Roberts
Other names: Thomas William
Other people in this story:
Henry Roberts
Maria Ann Roberts née Brickell
Charles Parsons
Betsie Parsons née Foot
Henry Roberts (junior)
Locations in this story:
France & Flanders
Merville Communal Cemetery Extension, Merville, near Bethune, Nord, France
Great Yeatmans, Tout Hill, Shaftesbury
Aberfan, Wales
St. John's Church, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury
Motcombe, Dorset
Tredegar, Wales
Long Cross, Enmore Green

Thomas (Tom) William Roberts was born in 1884 in Shaftesbury and baptised at St. John's Church, Enmore Green, on 27th July 1884. He was the son of Henry Roberts, a gardener, and Maria Ann Roberts (née Brickell). The family lived at Long Cross, Enmore Green. By 1901 Tom had moved to Aberfan in Wales to work in the coal mines. In 1905 his father Henry died and in 1907 his mother remarried. Maria's new husband was Charles Parsons, whose first wife, Betsie Parsons (née Foot), had also died in 1905. By the 1911 Census, Tom had moved to Tredegar to live with his brother Henry, and his family. Tom was single and described as a Coal Hewer. He enlisted in Tredegar as a Private in the 10th Battalion of 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, Merville, near Bethune, Nord, 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:

He is also remembered on the war memorials at Motcombe and Enmore Green, Shaftesbury.  

  • 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