Name: William Henry Roberts

Birth Date: 15 June 1887 Where: England
Died: 1955 Where: Perth
Place of Enlistment: Perth, Western Australia Age: 27
Serial Number: 687 Battalion: 28th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Corporal

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal,

 

PhotographRoberts

Service Details:

 

 

11 March

1915                      Blackboy Hill Training camp

9 June

1915                      Embarked from Fremantle

7 Nov. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July – 27 Aug.

1916                      Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

12 August

1916                      Wounded, Pozieres

16 June

1917                      Rejoined Battalion

August

1917                      Cassel

18 September

1917                      Ypres

October

1917                      Broodseine & Passchendale

26 October

1917                      Battle of Passchendale (Ypres)

3 November

1917                      Promoted Corporal

December

1917                      Red Lodge

7 April

1918                      Dernacourt

20 April

1918                      Ville Sur-Ancre

May

1918                      Morlancourt

27 June

1918                      Villers-Bretonneux

8 August

1918                      Battle of Amiens

29 August

1918                      Somme

2 Sept

1918                      Mont St. Quentin

5 October

1918                      Wounded

11 November

1918                      Armistice

7 April

1919                      Disembarked, Fremantle

23 June

1919                      Discharged

 

 

 

 

Biographical Details:

William Henry Roberts was one of five sons born to William Richard and Sarah Jane Roberts in Oswestry England. In 1911 the family was still together at Oswestry. When William enlisted, in Western Australia, in March 1915 he gave his trade as Stoker.
William was initially attached to the No. 12 Depot Company and the transferred to the newly commission 28th Battalion in April 1915. He trained at Blackboy Hill and then Egypt.
In early September, just prior to his Battalion moving to Gallipoli, William was hospitalised with VD.  He eventually rejoined his unit in November 1915 but was later evacuated to Mudros and then Ras-El-Tin (Alexandria) with dysentery. William was able to rejoin the 28th Battalion, after it return to Alexandria, on January 26th, 1916.
During the June Trench Raid, William was one of 2nd Lt Gill’s Scouts.  Their role was crucial to the success of the Raid.
Like so many others, William was wounded at Pozieres just two months after the successful Trench Raid.  He was transferred to England for treatment and was unable to rejoin his Battalion until June 1917.
In January 1918 William was promoted Corporal.  He was wounded a second time in October that year. Also in that year William changed his Next OF Kin relationship from his father to his wife Jane Roberts, address Oswestry.  Presumably William had married while based in England the previous year.
William and his wife embarked England for Fremantle on 25th February 1919.  He was discharged, medically unfit with defective vision, in June, 1919. He was consequently awarded a pension.
In 1921 he applied for and received assistance to undertake a course for Sanitary Inspector.
Throughout the remainder of his life William suffered Occipital Neuritis and Neurosis which was attributed to his war service.
It is not known if William and Jane had children.  William died in Perth in 1955.