ARTHUR RICHARD WILLIAM ROBERTS

Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.

Served as WILLIAM COOK

Born: 1882, St. Helen’s, Ipswich.

Died: 8th July 1916; age 34; died of General Paralysis over 1 year, 7 months and 4 days, at the Borough Asylum, Ipswich. Served 7 years & 328 days.

No Post Mortem needed.

Formerly of the Military Hospital, Maghull, West Lancashire

Occupation: General Labourer.

Enlistment: Location: Ipswich; Date: 4th January 1900; age: 22 years & 1 month; Occupation: a Shoe Finisher; Religion: CofE. Next of Kin: William Cook, of Gibson Street, Ipswich. Height: 5ft 2ins, fresh complexion, blue eys & brown hair. Tattoo of a ship & flags on right forearm.

 

Service:

Woolwich – 5th January 1905 – 13th January 1905.

Aldershot – 14th January 1908 – 3rd January 1910.

24th January 1910 – transferred to Reserves – served 2 years.

Home: 6th August 1914 – 19th September 1914

B.E.F.: 20th September 1914 – 6th December 1914

Home: 7th December 1914 – 27th November 1915.

 

Discharged no longer fit for war service: 27th November 1915; at Aldershot; age 29; intended to live at 37, Gibson Street, Ipswich. Has the appearance of being older than he states. Character – Good, he is a good Groom and can drive a pair of horses. Disability – General Paralysis – originiated in France. His memory is poor, he can give no account of himself, he has had a series of attacks.  

 

Rank: Driver/Cook; Service Number: T/26068

Regiment: Army Service Corps, No. 1 Depot Coy.

Formerly Driver, 12632, Royal Field Artillery.

 

Grave Reference:

BA.I.55.

Ipswich Old Cemetery,

Ipswich.

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Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr & Mrs Roberts, of 31, East Street, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   7, Regent Street, Ipswich.

 

Arthur was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Arthur William Roberts, 35, a Shoemaker, born Ipswich.

Henrietta Alice Winters Roberts (nee Meaden), 34, born Devizes, Wiltshire.

Alice Maud Mary Roberts, 11, born Ipswich.

Clara Martha Roberts, 7, born Ipswich.

Beatrice Annie V. Roberts, 5, born Ipswich.

May Frances Roberts, 3, born Ipswich.

Henry Orford Roberts, 1 month, born Ipswich.

 

1901   Hilsea Barracks, Cosham, Hampshire.

 

Arthur was 19 years old, a Soldier ranked Driver for the Royal Field Artillery.

 

1911

 

Arthur was 29 years old, a Labourer – G.E.Railway. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Arthur, 56, a Bootmaker – own account.

Henrietta, 54.

Clara, 27, a Corset Maker – Corset Factory.

Beatrice, 25, a Tailoress – Factory.

Ernest Roberts, 18, a Beer Bottler – Brewery, born Ipswich.

 

Army Service Corps

 

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