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Henry Samuel Roberts

Birth

Henry Samuel Roberts was born in October 1889 to Samuel and Emily Elizabeth Roberts (neé Rawlings). At the time the family lived in Saffron Walden in Essex. Henry later had a younger brother, Herbert John.

Early Life

By the age of 11, Henry had become a boarder at St. Oswald’s College, a prestigious independent College (now Ellesmere College) in Ellesmere, Shropshire. His parents had emigrated to Canada, so Henry then lived with his grandfather at Wistanswick Farm, Market Drayton in Shropshire.

Chester College

Henry attended Chester Teacher Training College and left in 1913 to become an elementary school teacher in Shropshire. He was living at Holmlea, Woolerton, Market Drayton in Shropshire.

Military Service

Henry served with the 1st/6th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment and had been promoted to Sergeant by the time of his death.

Lest We Forget

Henry was killed in action on February 16, 1918 near Cambrai in France. He was 28 years old.

Post Mortem

Henry is buried in Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel Le Grand, Somme in France. He is also remembered on a family gravestone at Stoke-upon-Tern St. Peter Churchyard, in Shropshire. He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals for his service to King and Country.