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George Herbert Roberts


George Herbert Roberts was born in Hanley, in 1888. He was the eldest child of Thomas and his wife, Alice Mary (née Evans). His brother, Alfred, was born in 1889 and his sister, Alice Mary, was born in 1890. In 1890, Thomas died, leaving his widow with three children under the age of four.

Early Life

In the 1891 Census, Alice Mary is recorded as living at 25 Broad Street, in Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent, where she had a tobacconist business. Alfred and the young Alice Mary were with her, but George Herbert was not.

Alice Mary married Henry Robinson, a Coal Miner, in late 1896, in the Stoke area. The 1901 Census shows Henry and Alice living at 3 Holly Place, in Fenton, and with them were George and his sister, Alice Mary (recorded as stepson and stepdaughter). Alice Mary had two children born to her second marriage, Ada and Frances. Alfred had sadly died in September 1891.

By the time of the 1911 Census, George had left home and was living with John and Minnie Gunshon at 23 St. Stephen Street, in Salford. He was then aged 23 and working as a Grocer’s Assistant. The Census records that he was one of three people who were boarding with the Gunshon family, the other two being Herbert Lancashire and Mary Ellen Robinson. George Herbert was listed as her nephew.

Chester College

George attended Chester College and left in 1917. It appears that George entered the Army as soon as he left College, as he was on the Western Front by late autumn of 1917.

Military Service

George was initially with the 4th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment. This was a Reserve and Training Battalion, so as soon as he had completed his basic training, he would have been sent overseas to France. In France, he served with the 16th Battalion, (1st City) Manchester Regiment. The regiment had been in France since November 1915 and had seen a lot of heavy fighting.

Lest We Forget

George died from wounds on November 27, 1917 and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, in Belgium.

Post Mortem

George was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.