John Roberts (c.1893-1916)

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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, JOHN. Private. No 17907. 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Leeds. Son of Alfred and Mary Elizabeth Roberts, 7 Hope Terrace, Leymoor Road, Longwood. Came to Longwood from Honley in 1910. Attended Netherthong Wesleyan School. Employed at the Thirstin and Deanhouse Mills, Honley. Enlisted January 1916. Killed in action at Delville Wood during the Battle of the Somme on 2.8.1916, aged 23 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated THIEPVAL MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
Mr and Mrs Roberts were shown a letter written by Private G. W. Senior of the same regiment who wrote to his home at Milnsbridge, saying, 'John Roberts, he who used to teaze at Ben Halls, was buried alive by a shell and when we dug him out he was dead.'
ROH:- St. John's Church, Golcar; Longwood War Memorial.
Brother of Private ARTHUR ROBERTS killed in action, 22.9.1917.

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