Lance Corporal George Roberts was a member of the 9th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. He was the son of William and Sarah Roberts of Tattenhall Lanes, Tattenhall, Chester. He died on 28 July 1918, aged 26.
The parents of Lance Corporal George Roberts received official news of the death of their son from the War Office, advising them that he had died in the Prisoner-of-War Camp in Parchim, Germany, on 28 July 1918. This must have been particularly harrowing for his parents because they had received a letter from their beloved son just days earlier (dated 14 July) in which he asked them not to worry about him as he was in the best of health. There was no statement regarding the cause of his death. The parents of Lance Corporal George Roberts also received a message of sympathy from the King and Queen. The Chester Chronicle reported on this story in their edition dated 2 November 1918.
Lance Corporal George Roberts is remembered on the Tattenhall War Memorial and at Denain Communal Cemetery. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has now released the ‘Graves Registration Report Forms‘ – that relating to Lance Corporal George Roberts is shown below. The enormity of the task in remembering the casualties of war can be seen in this Report – whilst Lance Corporal George Roberts died in 1918; the paperwork and ‘erection of all crosses was not signed off until May 1924‘.
Importantly too, are the online Reports relating to (A) Military Headstone Inscriptions and (B) Personal Headstone Texts. The following 2 documents indicate that Mrs Sarah Roberts had requested a specific text for the headstone of her beloved son …. (by this time, Lance Corporal George Roberts’ father, William Roberts, had died).
Lance Corporal George Roberts is buried near Cambrai, France. Denain was a German hospital centre during the greater part of the War. This Communal Cemetery was used by the Germans to bury their own soldiers and, in 1917 and 1918, it was used to bury British prisoners of war.
Lance Corporal GEORGE ROBERTS
17218 Cheshire Regiment
died aged 26
28 July 1918
Remembered with honour
DENAIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY