11 June 2019

Appeal for Relatives - Four Casualties of the 1st Battalion Middlesex Regiment

An appeal for relatives is a search to locate the next of kin for soldiers who fell in war. Could you be connected to these Soldiers?

Two British soldiers were recovered from the battlefield near Villers-Guislain in 2014. Following extensive research, there is now a short list of potential candidates for these two men.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and The Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) would like to make contact with family of the four potential candidates. They will be invited to take a DNA test to see if they are related to either of the two casualties. The casualties will be buried with full military honours in a CWGC cemetery and if positive identifications can be made, their headstones will bear their name.

The four candidates all served with the 1st Battalion Middlesex Regiment, died on 29 September 1918 and are currently commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial:

Private Sidney Roberts was born in Kilburn, Middlesex on 30 September 1898. He was the youngest child of William and Barbara Roberts. He had a brother, Norman Edgar William Roberts, who married Doris Julia Rose Saul; it appears that they did not have children. He also had two older sisters, Edith (born 1895) and Ellen (born 1892). It appears that neither of them married or had children.

Private John Rogers was born in Kent in 1876. When he joined the Army, he lived in London at 42 Tyneham Road, Battersea. He was married to Florence Ann Read and they had a son, Sidney Edwin Rogers, who was just 10 when his father was killed. Sidney died in March 1987 in Surrey. At the time he was living in Dale Close, Addlestone. It is believed he had a son, John.

Private Albert Jones was born in 1897 in Halesowen. He was one of eight children of Joseph and Hannah Jones. He had 5 sisters (Mary, Polly Elizabeth, Eva, May and Bertha) and 2 brothers (Aaron and Moses). The 1911 census shows the family living at 42 New England, Long Lane, Halesowen. It is believed his eldest sister Mary married John Thomas Jones and had a daughter, Beatrice May Jones, who died in Dudley in 2009. She was married to James Stansbie; their daughter, Linda, who was born in 1949 is believed to have married and lived in the Dudley area.

Private Thomas Parker was born in 1885 in Stafford. He was one of the eleven children of Thomas and Mary Ann Parker. He had 4 brothers (Albert, Wilfred, Frederick and Ernest) and 6 sisters (Selina, Minnie, Mary, Emily, May and Gladys). The 1901 Census shows the family living in Back Browning Street, Stafford. He married Emily Orgill in Leicester in June 1912. When Thomas joined the Army in 1915, they were living at 31 Talbot Road in Northampton. At the time of Thomas’ death, his widow, Emily, had moved back to Leicestershire and was living in Ravenstone Road, Coalville. Thomas and Emily did not have any children. Of Thomas’ siblings, it appears that only one married and had children. His eldest brother Albert married Georgina Yates and had 3 children, Doris, Ethel and Frederick. By 1939, Albert was living alone in Stone Road, Stafford.

If you believe you are related to any of these four candidates, please contact our Enquiries Team

Whilst we appreciate the contribution of genealogical research, a thorough assessment has already been conducted and in this case CWGC and JCCC are seeking relations of these four men.

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An appeal for relatives is a search to locate the next of kin for soldiers who fell in war. Could you be connected to any of these individuals?