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Offline Pete Th

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11th Battalion - Sgt Charles Roberts
« on: January 06, 2008, 06:06:24 PM »
Hi, can anyone help me? I'm researching my great great uncle Sergeant Charles Roberts (service no. 13668, died 18th May 1918, commemorated on the Loos Memorial). I've searched the available information on CWGC, medal cards and also Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-18. The only information available in the family is two silk postcards that were sent by Charlie from France. Any information or any pointers as to where I could find any further information would be much appreciated.

Also I would like to find his campaign medals and bring them back to the family,  if possible (Victory, 1915 Star and British). I realise that this is a long shot but again any advice would be much appreciated.

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Pete
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Pte Sidney Lee (36719), 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regt - dow 18.02.17
Sgt Charles Roberts (13668), 11th Bn, Manchester Regiment - kia 18.05.18
Bombardier John Hesford (70065), 147th Heavy Battery, RGA dow - 04.09.18
Pte Sidney Lee (4131324), 8th Bn, Cheshire Regiment -  kia 12.03.41

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Re: 11th Battalion - Sgt Charles Roberts
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2008, 06:58:46 PM »
hi pete

welcome to the group

there was a raid on Hilda Trench in the Hullach area on the 18th May 1918, the object was to 'identify and inflict damage on the enemy and his trenches'

this was the trench they were attacking, the arrow shows the direction of the attack



this map shows Hilda trench and Hullach



cheers

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Re: 11th Battalion - Sgt Charles Roberts
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2008, 07:14:57 PM »
charles's name on the roll of honour

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Re: 11th Battalion - Sgt Charles Roberts
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2008, 10:23:54 AM »
Chris, fantastic! Thanks very much for your quick response. Any further information would be much appreciated.

Cheers
Pete
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Pte Sidney Lee (36719), 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regt - dow 18.02.17
Sgt Charles Roberts (13668), 11th Bn, Manchester Regiment - kia 18.05.18
Bombardier John Hesford (70065), 147th Heavy Battery, RGA dow - 04.09.18
Pte Sidney Lee (4131324), 8th Bn, Cheshire Regiment -  kia 12.03.41

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Re: 11th Battalion - Sgt Charles Roberts
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2008, 10:52:17 PM »
the next thing i would suggest is the potted history on the main site, this runs up to june 1917 and is still a work in progress i'm afraid

http://www.themanchesters.org/11th%20batt.htm
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Re: 11th Battalion - Sgt Charles Roberts
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2008, 08:20:07 AM »
charlie roberts name is on the irlam+cadishead war memorial.

simon butterworth or robert bonner may be able to tell you if sgt roberts medals are in the manchesters museum.

if they are not there,then post a request on the british medal forum,they are a great bunch of helpful people.

mack

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Re: 11th Battalion - Sgt Charles Roberts
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2008, 09:17:11 AM »
Mack and Chris, thanks for all your help and interest.

Mack, I'll ask Simon and Robert about Charles medals and, following your advice, I'll also email the British Medals Forum to see if they can help.

For your information, I live in Irlam and have been researching the First World War Memorial for several months and have produced a Excel spreadsheet containing information on regiments, battalions, service numbers, age, date of death, memorial, battle and home address. I also am compiling a narrative on each of the soldiers/RN/Merchant Mariners, combining their personal information with the historical situation. I'm at work at the moment so I don't have all the info to hand, but there are about 137 names on the memorial and about 30 of these were from the Manchester Regiment. Of these, there are probably about ten names from the Manchesters that I cannot find them on either the CWGC or Soldiers Died in the Great War databases/sites. I'm going to spend time in both Irlam and Manchester Central Libraries over the next couple of weeks to try to trace them. I also ordered a book before Xmas (Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-19: Manchester Regiment) but it hasn't arrived yet. If anybody is interested, I'm quite happy to share whatever information I discover (although I'm sure I'll be using the same sources as yourselves!).

Thanks once again
Pete
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Pte Sidney Lee (36719), 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regt - dow 18.02.17
Sgt Charles Roberts (13668), 11th Bn, Manchester Regiment - kia 18.05.18
Bombardier John Hesford (70065), 147th Heavy Battery, RGA dow - 04.09.18
Pte Sidney Lee (4131324), 8th Bn, Cheshire Regiment -  kia 12.03.41

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Re: 11th Battalion - Sgt Charles Roberts
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2008, 09:45:25 AM »
pete.
the british medal forum has a website,its a discussion forum similar to ours,just google british medal forum,that should bring it up.

salford library is a good source of info for your project,if you use m/c library,try the manchester evening chronicle.

one of our members is neil drum,hes researching men from irlam+cadishead,he could be a great help with your memorial project.

if you are having trouble with some of your names,then post them on here,we might be able to help.

mack

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Re: 11th Battalion - Sgt Charles Roberts
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2008, 10:08:11 PM »
charles's postcards



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