Born: 13th April 1880, Ipswich.

Died: 13th August 1915; age 35; Died at Sea. Drowned Dardanelles, Aegean Sea, aboard ‘Royal Edward’, following torpedo attack by enemy submarine.

Enlistment Location: Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 71

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps. (Territorial Force) 54th (1st/1st East Anglian) Casualty Clearing Station.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 199 & 200 or 236 to 239 & 328.

Helles Memorial,

Turkey (including Gallipoli).


Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles King Roberts & Emma Rose Roberts, of 249, Foxhall Road, Ipswich; Husband of Ethel Rose Roberts, of Urchfont, Devizes, Wiltshire.




1881   39, Wells Street, Ipswich.


Ernest was 11 months old and living with his parents & siblings.

Charles King Roberts, 26, an Engine Driver, born Stepney, London.

Emma Roberts (nee Bird), 24, born Ipswich.

Emma Louisa Roberts, 3, born Ipswich.

Charles Henry Roberts, 1, born Ipswich.


1891   132, Woodhouse Street, Ipswich.


Ernest was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Charles, 36, a Crane Man – Engine Shop.

Emma, 34.

Emma, 15, a General Domestic Servant.

Charles, 11, a Grocer’s Assistant.

William John Roberts, 8, born Ipswich.

Bessie Alice Roberts, 2, born Ipswich – died 1895, Ipswich.

Elsie Mary Roberts, 1, born Ipswich.


1911   749, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.


Ernest was 31 years old, an Insurance Agent – Prudential Insurance Co. Ltd. He was married & Head of the Household.

Ethel, 31.

Francis, 2.

Philip, 1.


On the 19th June 1907, Urchfont, Wiltshire, Ernest married Ethel Rose Edwards, born October 1879, Urchfont, Wiltshire. They had 3 sons:

Francis Ernest Charles Roberts, born 1908, Ipswich. Baptised Christmas Day, 1908 at Urchfont, Wiltshire.

Philip Arthur Roberts, born January 1910, Ipswich.

Alan Walter Roberts, born 1911, Ipswich.

The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is part of the British Army providing medical services to all British Army personnel and their families in war and in peace. Together with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, the Royal Army Dental Corps and Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, the RAMC forms the British Army’s essential Army Medical Services. In combat the men followed the troops over the top into no man’s land suffering losses of 743 officers and 6130 soldiers killed, while delivering medical care to wounded exposed to enemy fire.


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