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Remembered Today:

Paul Roberts

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The power of the Great War Forum: How it helped me to complete a book about my great-great-grandfather, who had 30 grandsons serving King and country in the Great War

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Albert dices with death in France after joining Australian Army under a false name

Albert Henry Victor Brackley enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force under a false name in 1916. He had ‘deserted’ his wife and two children when he sailed for England later that year. His ruse was discovered when he went absent without leave and after his wife told the Australian Army he had enlisted as ‘Herbert Walters’. Just a few months later, he ended up on the Western Front – facing the greatest danger. Here, I look at the story of Albert, who was connected to my family. He didn’t f


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Eight went into battle – only five came home

Eight Devon soldiers – all connected to my family – fought together on a remote hilltop battlefield near Jerusalem in 1917. They were all serving in the 16th Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment on what would become the darkest day in the history of the battalion.  They were ‘brothers in arms’, fighting together in a desolate mountain village near Jerusalem – more than 3,000 miles from their homes in Devon. Eight went into battle. Two were killed and two were wounded – with one left fi


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Revealed – how 350 members of one Devon family served in three wars

A unique A-Z revealing how hundreds of members of one Devon family fought and died at war has just been completed. It gives a detailed insight into more than 350 men and women of the Roberts family who served in the two world wars and the Second Boer War. They are all connected to me – either as direct ancestors or through marriage to members of my family. Fifteen years ago, I only knew of one ancestor who had gone to war – my grandfather George Burnett Roberts. As a boy, I w


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