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Roberts brothers - Devonshire Regiment


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John 'Jack' Roberts of Cruwys Morchard, Devon died from wounds in May 1915 while serving in the 2nd Devons (regimental no 11889). His two brothers - Sidney and Samuel - also went to war and survived. I have been unable to discover the regiments they served in. However, it has now emerged that a Sidney Roberts served as a lance-corporal in the 10th Devons. His regimental no was 11888. Would it be right to think that this Sidney would have been Jack's brother - that they enlisted together?

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A 8/9/1917 Hospital Admission for S Roberts 11888, 10th Devons attd 2nd Entrenching Bn, says he was 35, 3 yrs Svc, 2yrs at the Front ,admitted bronchitis (here on FMP)

 

Would a birth date c 1882 fit ?

 

Confusing, but there's another 1917 Admission for E Roberts, 11888, 10th Devons, aged 25, 13/2/17,  Malaria Rec, 2 1/2 yrs Svc, 18 mths at front. Obviously same man but goes to show problems of Admissions Register errors.

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Thank you. Sidney was born late 1891. The hospital admission details are good examples of the difficulties in establishing the facts. I m hoping this Sidney Roberts is Jack's brother. I have been trying to discover where he served for about 10 years. Paul

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You've probably already seen it but there's a good obit of their father Samuel in 1933. 'one of a family of seventeen, brought up on 13s a week in the good old times'.

 

Samuel, born 1899 and who died 1938, is merely noted as having served in the Great War.

 

For Sidney, b 1891, I haven't seen anything I'm afraid

 

Charlie

 

 

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Thank you, yes I have seen Samuel Snr's obituary. Sidney doesn't seem to get a mention anywhere. The only listing I have seen for him is on a tablet at Cruwys Morchard Church naming men from the parish who served in the Great War. Paul

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