Ref ID: 7150

Name

James McRoberts.


Description

Newspaper Photograph of Private James McRoberts.


Life Story

Name: James McRoberts.

Service Number: 3009.

Rank: Private.

Battalion: 1st Battalion.

Regiment: Irish Guards.

Born: 24th February 1885, Belfast.

Died: 14th January 1915.

Address: 61 Lanark Street, Belfast

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Volunteer James McRoberts, son of Thomas and Annie McRoberts, lived at 61 Lanark Street, Shankill, Belfast

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The 1901 Ireland Census has James living at 161 Canmore Street, Shankill Road, Belfast with his mother, Occupation, Linen Weaver, and two brothers, Andrew, 14 years, General Labourer, and William, 9 years. James occupation at this time is given as General Labourer

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The 1911 Ireland Census has James now living at 61 Lanark Street, Shankill, Belfast with his mother, Linen Weaver, two brothers, Andrew, 24 years, General Labourer, William, 19 years, General Labourer. A John Leslie, 30 years, General Labourer, and William Leslie, 24 years, General Labourer, are registered as Boarders within the house. James occupation remains the same, General Labourer.

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James signed the Ulster Covenant on the 28th of September 1912, Ulster Day within Bellevue Street Hall, Shankill Road

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James was a member of the West Belfast Ulster Volunteer Force.

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James joined the Irish Guards.

He was posted as part of the British Expeditionary Force to France on the 21st September 1914.

James was a Private in 1st Battalion Irish Guards when he was Killed In Action in France on the 14th January 1915 aged 29 years

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A local newspaper states.

Mrs McRoberts of 61 Lanark Street, Belfast, has been notified that her son, Private James McRoberts, 1st Battalion Irish Guards, was killed in action on the 4th January. Deceased was a reservist, employed at Greeve's Mill, and a member of the West Belfast Regiment of the Ulster Volunteer Force. His younger brother is stationed at Ballykinlar with the 15th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles

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Another states.

Private James McRoberts (61 Lanark Street) 1st Battalion Irish Guards, whose death in action has been notified, was a member of the Springmount Temperance Flute Band, Belfast

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James Soldiers Effects were left to his mother and two brothers, Andrew and William

A Pension Application Form shows his mother as claimant.

Dependant Pension Application Forms show his mother as claimant for both him and his brother William.

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See brother also: 15469 Lance Corporal William McRoberts 9th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

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James received the British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1914-1915 Star.

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He is Remembered at Rue-Des-Berceaux Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'avoue, France.

To Remember Is To Honour

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Theme

Shankill Roll of Honour


Date

1915


Classification

Newspaper, , Photograph - Belfast Telegraph, Larne Times

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