1914-2014: Abergele & District Commemorations: Fred Roberts

Unlike all the other commemorations that I will post, this one is actually requesting help,  and any that can be given would be gratefully received as Fred has eluded me for many years.

He is recorded on the Abergele War Memorial and on the Town Memorial. He is listed on the ‘Roll of Honour of Abergele Officers and Men’ as printed in the Abergele and Pensarn Visitor, 30 January 1915, as having been killed, so he had died before that date. Another source suggests that he lived at Morfa Cottage on the border between Towyn and Bodelwyddan. Adding significantly to the confusion is the article below from the Liverpool Daily Post of 23 December 1914.

The only Fred Williams of Abergele to die in the war was from Bryntirion Terrace and he died in Gallipoli in August 1915. Therefore the article below must be referring to Fred Roberts of Morfa, despite getting his surname wrong. However, no Fred Roberts of the Royal Field Artillery died in 1914!

What the article does do is narrow the time period for Fred’s death to before 23 December 1914, but even this does not really help. There were three men named Fred Roberts who died in 1914, but two were killed in action, not by typhoid, and the other died in the UK.

The search goes on.

Williams (Roberts), Fred

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