Harvey Roberts (1891-1916)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

ROBERTS, HARVEY. Private. No 6269. 2/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Milnsbridge. Lived 6 Balmforth's Yard, Milnsbridge. Found drowned in a pond near Clipstone Camp, 30.9.1916. An inquest was held at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, on Monday October 2nd, 1916.
"The body was found on Saturday 30.9.1916 in a pond in the parish of Clipstone by a farm labourer who also discovered on the bank a soldier's coat and cap. Lance Corporal Calvert said that he last saw the deceased alive on the morning of September 22nd when he reported sick and was admitted to hospital. He seemed very slow and witness could not get anything out of him. He appeared to be very depressed in mind. Medical evidence was given to the effect that Roberts had been in hospital for observation of his mental condition. He was dull witted and constantly talked about the growth of his eyebrows. A letter was found on the deceased, addressed to the deceased's mother, was produced and after reading it the Coroner said it stated that he would be out of hospital on Friday and ended, 'So keep on smiling Mother.' There was nothing in the letter about committing suicide. The jury returned a verdict of suicide while in a state of unsound mind."
Buried St, MARK'S CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, LONGWOOD. Grave location:- 322.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission