Roberts, Harry Lloyd

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Harry Lloyd Roberts
PLY/1881(S), Private, Royal Marine Light Infantry
Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action, 23 April 1918, aged 28
Buried at St. Tudno’s Churchyard, Great Orme’s Head

CWGC recorded (Son of Mr JH and Grace E Roberts, of Roby Mount, Church Walks, Llandudno)

Harry Lloyd Roberts, the son of James Henry (Harry) Roberts and his wife Grace Ellen Roberts (née Lloyd), was born in Llandudno on 9 October 1889. The Roberts’ family owned the grocery business of T Roberts of Roby House, 1 Llewellyn Street, Llandudno. Harry attended a private school until April 1898 when he was admitted to St. George’s National School. The Census of Wales for 1901 indicates that Harry (11) had been joined by four siblings: John (9), Ettie (8) and Thomas (4) who died later that year. Harry attended John Bright School from March 1902 and was a member of the Boy Scouts. In 1911, Harry’s parents and his sister Ettie still lived at Roby House though he was recorded as lodging in Stoke on Trent, his occupation being a grocer. James Henry Roberts died in 1906 and it would appear that Harry took over the business interests in Llandudno. He was keen on amateur dramatics and was a sidesman at St. Tudno’s Church.

Harry enlisted into the Royal Marines on 9 January 1917. He gave his next of kin as Mrs Grace Roberts of “Roby Mount”, Llandudno. His first posting was to the Recruit Depot at Deal. On 12 February 1918 he joined the Plymouth Division – specifically the 4th Royal Marine Battalion. On St. George’s Day, 23 April 1918, the division attacked Zeebrugge and Ostend. Harry was on the Zeebrugge raid aboard HMS Vindictive. Harry was wounded in the action and though he was evacuated, he died of his wounds on the day of the raid aged 28.

Two of his uncles went to the Royal Naval Hospital at Chatham to collect his body and return it to Llandudno and he was buried with full naval honours at St. Tudno’s Churchyard.

Known memorials:

  • Llandudno Roll of Honour
  • Llandudno War Memorial
  • Memorial Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno
  • Ysgol John Bright Roll of Honour

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