Joseph Edgar Roberts

Royal Engineers

Personal Details

Born: Joseph Edgar Roberts was born during the last quarter of 1890. He was baptised at St Alkmund’s Parish Church, Whitchurch on March 4th 1891.

Family: He was the fifth and youngest child of Alfred and Mary Alice Roberts. In 1920 he married Celestine Parry in Wrexham registration district and together they had at least two children. Unfortunately it has not been possible to identify them as between 1921 and 1939 there were more than 20 children born in the Wrexham area with the surname of Roberts whose mother was born a Parry.

Residence: In 1891 the family were living at 1 Barkhill, Whitchurch. Sadly, in 1893 Joseph Edgar’s mother Mary Alice Roberts died aged 31. By the time of the 1901 census he had acquired a stepmother, Ann, and all the family were living at 1 Highgate, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In 1911 all the children were still single and living at the same address as ten years earlier, along with their father, stepmother and living-in servant. The 1939 register lists Joseph, Celestine and two children residing at 3 Dee Villas, Randles Terrace, Wrexham Rural District, Denbighshire, Wales, a property which is close to the village of Cefn Mawr.

Employment: In 1911 Joseph Edgar was a musical student. Three years later, Edgar Joseph was teaching piano in Whitchurch. A newspaper article the following year reported he had been appointed to Berkshire Asylum, Wallingford but no mention of his position. In 1939 he was a schoolteacher and his wife taught piano.

Died: Possibly 1957 aged 66 or in 1965 aged 74.


Military Details

Regiment: Royal Engineers

Rank: Not known

Service Number: Given incorrectly as 140810 (number of a Thomas Davies)

Date of Enlistment: Not known

Date of Discharge: After spring 1919

Reason for Discharge: Not known

Medals and Awards

Not known

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