Born: 1888, Old Newton, Suffolk.

Died: 21st November 1918; age 30; at St. Audry’s Hospital, Melton, Suffolk. Served 11 years & 83 days.

Residence: Clogheen Cottage, Monastrevah, County Kildare, Ireland.

Occupation: a Groom

Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 13th July 1907; Age: 18 years & 4 months; Religion: CofE. Height: 5ft 3 ins, fresh complexion, hazel eyes & dark brown hair.

Date of Entry Therein: 19th August 1914.



Joined at Ipswich – 17th July 1907.

Home: 13th July 1907 – 17th August 1914

France: 18th August 1914 – 25th September 1917

Home: 26th September 1917 – 3rd October 1918.


Honourable Discharge – Character – Exemplary – 3rd October 1917, to St. Audry’s Hospital, Melton, Suffolk.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War, 1914 Star + Clasp.


Rank: Driver; Service Number: 47734

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, 28th Brigade, ‘D’ Battery.

Formerly 49987.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,






1891   12, Chevallier Street, Ipswich.


Octavius was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Roberts, 25, a Bricklayer, born Old Newton, Suffolk.

Sarah Davey Roberts (nee Clarke), 27, born Old Newton.

Mary Eliza Fanny Roberts, 4, born Old Newton.

Frank Wilfred Roberts, 8 months, born Ipswich.


1901   435, Bramford Road, Ipswich.


Octavius was 13 years old and living with his widowed father & brothers.

William, 34, a Bricklayer.

Frank, 9.

Clifford James Roberts, 8, born Ipswich.

Albert Edward Roberts, 7, born Ipswich.

Harold John Roberts, 5, born Ipswich.

William James Roberts, 4, born Ipswich.


1911   77, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.


Octavius was 24, a Soldier- Officer’s Groom – Royal Field Artillery. He was living with his father & brothers and his father’s wife of less then a year.

William, 45, a Bricklayer.

Emily Frances Roberts (nee Price), 38, born Brighton, East Sussex.

Jack, 17, a Bootmaker’s Assistant.

William, 15, a Point Boy – I.B.C. – Electric Cars.


Octavius’s mother Sarah Davey Roberts, died 1899, Ipswich.


On the 13th January 1913, Monastrevah, County Kildare, Ireland, Octavius married Catherine Anne Meecham, born May 1895, County Kildare.

They had 2 daughters:

Elizabeth Roberts, born July 1913, Monastrevah, County, Kildare.

Mary Josephine Roberts, born October 1914, Monastrevah, County Kildare.


On the 15th December 1918, Mrs. Kate Roberts, of 15, Stone buildings, Winson Street, Winson Green, Birmingham applied for the Victory, British War, 1914 Star & Clasp in respect of her late husband.


On the 22nd September 1919, Mrs. Kate Roberts received her late husbands 14 Star; On the 22nd November 1919 the Clasp and the 18th November 1921 her husbands Victory & British War medals.


Octavius is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Michael’s Church, Ipswich.

Royal Field Artillery, 28th Brigade, ‘D’ Battery

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