Richard Roberts, Fireman

Richard Roberts, Fireman, Mercantile Marine, RMS Leinster. Lost at sea, aged 44, as a result of enemy action in the Irish Sea on 10 October 1918.

He was born
at Llechcynfarwy, Anglesey the son of Owen and Ann Roberts on 17 May 1874. He married Catherine Roberts (nee Williams) in 1900 and lived at 55 London Road, Holyhead, where his wife's mother owned a shop. Richard Roberts was once employed as a van driver for Denbigh House, a nearby bakery and shop before joining the CDSPCo. He was an accomplished musician and conductor of a children's choir.

In 1901 he lived with his wife at 22 Lligwy Street, Holyhead and was then employed as a Railway Banksman. In 1910 he lived, aged 37, at 55 London Road, the home of his mother-in-law, Mary Williams and her son Hugh Williams. At the address were his wife, Catherine (32) and their four children - Annie (9), Minnie (8). Jennie (5) and Richie (2). a further son, Carodoc, was born in 1912. In all they were known to have had seven children. At this time he was employed as a Carter (town).

Awarded the British War Medal and Mercantile Marine Medal.

He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.