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Looking for information for Private James Roberts

Postby anniefinder » Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:19 am

I wondered if anyone would be able to advise me on how I can go about looking for my grandfathers service records?. Unfortunately I do not know the battalion he was in only that he was a private in the Royal Worcestershire Regiment during the first world war 1914 -1919. He was a cycle polisher by trade, he lived in Tower Road Aston Manor, Warwickshire and his wife was named Alice. I would be most grateful if anyone could help me.
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Re: Looking for information for Private James Roberts

Postby scully » Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:49 pm

Hi Ann,

There are only 5 people with the name James Roberts on the Medal Index Roll who served with the Worcestershire Regiment in WW1. Their details are below:

1. Private James Roberts (army number 10899) 1st Battalion - entered theatre of war in France on 5th November 1914.

2. Private James Roberts (army number 18829) 3rd Battalion - entered theatre of war in France on 12th Jan 1915. - died of wounds 27th Sept. 1915.

3. Private James Roberts (army number 4972, later changed to 241728 ) he transferred to the East Lancashire Regiment army number changed again to 33545.

4. Corporal James A. Roberts (army number 10408) - entered theatre of war in Balkans on 25th April 1915. After the war transferred to Z Class.

5. Private James E. Roberts (army number 1898, later changed to 204200) - entered theatre of war in France on 31st March 1915 - transferred to Gloucestershire Regiment army number changed again to D/38076 - He deserted 25th June 1917. Medals were forfeited.

From the information you gave I would suggest that he was the 1st one on the list of names above; namely Private James Roberts (10899) who served with the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment in France and first entered the theatre of war on the 5th Nov. 1914. I have no other information but you could try the National Archives at Kew and look at the Medal Rolls where he will be listed. The medal roll reference for the War Medal and Victory Medal is: Roll L/102 B24 page 5347 and for the 1914 Star Medal is: Roll L/2/6 page 53. The medal rolls usually give some additional information.

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Re: Looking for information for Private James Roberts

Postby anniefinder » Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:11 am

Thanks very much for all this information and pointing me in the right direction. It is greatly appreciated. I will let you know the outcome. Again thank you so much.

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