William John Roberts was an actor and comedian in the 19th century in England. I have written a little about him previously here. I’d found William in most of the census but not in 1881 or 1891 nor had I had much luck finding him in 19th century British newspapers, but that has all changed. Continue reading Three Generations of Actors
Joseph John Baldwin and his wife Maria Roberts migrated toAustralia in 1852 with their seven week old son, Henry and Maria’s daughter from her first marriage Lottie (Charlotte). I’ve had contact with a member of Maria’s sister Martha’s family who shared some photos that Maria had sent back to London to her sister Martha. They had been handed down through Martha’s family and have now been given to me. Martha Elizabeth Roberts married James Dartnall. There was also a photo of their brother William John Roberts who was an actor and comedian. My contact remembered seeing a playbill that one of his uncles had. I haven’t been able to source any information about William John Roberts yet, beyond the normal census records etc. Perhaps someone out there knows more?
Following on from my ANZAC day posts in 2014 and 2015 I have found additional family members who fought in various 20th Century wars. As always I’d love to hear from anyone who is related, interested, connected, has more information or photos. Unfortunately this post is lacking in images.
Emil Lyell Joseph Austin
Emil was the husband of Vera Selina Stokes, she was the daughter of Elizabeth Ann Sims and William Henry Thomas Stokes. This is on the Boyd side of the family. Emil was the son of James Henry and Lucy Austin. He joined up on 21 May 1918 in Adelaide, South Australia long before he married Vera. Although he only made training camp at Mitcham he managed several late and absent charges. The war ended before he was sent overseas.
Robert Stanley Barnicott
Robert was on the Baldwin side of the family, through Maria Roberts. He was the son of Catherine Casbard and Walter Nicholas Barnicott. He married Cassandra Tovee in 1914. He enlisted on September 6, 1914 at Tower Hamlets, London in the navy. He was initially on the President II and then the Dacdalus at Dunkirk. He was a machine ruler when he enlisted.
Edward Ethelbert Nelson Bertram
Again on the Baldwin / Roberts side of the family Edward was the son of Eliza Ann Dartnall and Edward Ethelbert Bertram. He was married to Ethel Annie Beddoes in Stourbridge, England in 1903. He enlisted in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force on June 20, 1916. He said that he had previously been in the Australian Light Horse. He was a mining engineer.
Percy Victor Bertram
Percy, brother to Edward, also enlisted in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force. He joined up a week later and said that he had been born in Melbourne, Australia whereas he appears to have been born in Cambridge, England. He also that he had previously served in the Australian Light Horse. He married Edith Armfield in 1904 in Kensington, England.
Henry George Eyre
Henry was born in 1889 in London, the son of William James Eyre and Charlotte Seals. This is again on the Baldwin / Roberts side of the family as Henry’s grandmother was Mary Roberts (sister to Maria) who married Henry Eyre. Henry married Florence Caroline Dowsett in 1914. He was a munitions worked when he enlisted on December 11, 1915. He was a signaller at HQ 84 Brigade, R.G.A.
John Frederick Fiedler
John joined up as John Frederick Fielder and although initially saying he was Lutheran on his attestation papers, this was crossed off and replaced with Church of England, probably trying to play down his German background which was two generations away. He was the son of John Augustus Fiedler and Selina Stothers and was born in North Fitzroy in 1891. He enlisted in the 46th battalion on January 17, 1916. He was a metal worker. He suffered a gunshot wound to the head in 1917 but survived.
Henry Angelo Hallpike
Also on the Baldwin / Roberts side of the family Henry was the son of Jamie Maria Dartnall and Vincent Henry Hallpike. Henry had married Alice Maud Middleton in 1912 in Kennington, Surrey. He enlisted on 26 June 1916 in the navy and was on the same two ships as his cousin Robert Barnicott.
On the Collier side of the family, Albert was the son of Andrew Alexander Johnstone and Annie Hood. He was born in 1878 in Pleasant Creek,Victoria and enlisted on February 2, 1915 at Box Hill and assigned to the 21st Battalion and sent to Gallipoli. He was invalided back to Australia in March 1916 after a few bouts of influenza, heat stroke then defective eyes.
Godfrey Gleeson Johnstone
On the same side of the family Godfrey was born in New Zealand in 1895, the son of Robert Johnstone and Anastasia Gleeson. He was a second Lieutenant in the 22nd Squadron, Royal Flying Corp and was killed in action on January 30, 1918. He is remembered with honour at Merville, Community cemetery France.
John Sanders Johnstone
John was a cousin of Godfrey and son of Adam Bryden Johnstone and Margaret Fotherington Huddell. He was also born in New Zealand but in 1888. He was a rifleman in the New Zealand Rifle Company Reinforcements H Company. He survived the war and married Irene Elsie Clark in 1921.
Melville was a brother of the above Godfrey and was also in the Royal Flying Corp. He was a captain in the 27th Squadron and was killed in action on July 16, 1917. He is remembered with honour at Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France.
Still on the Collier side of the family, but on the Britnell part. Norman was the son of Emily Swan and Robert Ray Quail born in Bairnsdale in 1894. He was a gunner on enlistment and promoted quickly to lieutenant. He embarked on the Aeneas on 3 October 1916. He went from the 119th Howitzer Battery, to the 4th DAC, then the 11th FAB then to France where he was gassed on 25 October 1917. He was wounded again on 10 July 1918, rejoined his unit, then wounded again. He was discharged 26 July 1918. He was awarded the Military Cross on 16 September 1918 for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. “When his battery in close support of the infantry came under very severe fire at close range, he showed cool courage whilst clearing the casualties and reorganizing the team. His timely service was of great value to the battery”.
Robert Arthur Quail
Robert was the older brother of Norman mentioned above. Robert was born in 1888 in Bairnsdale. He enlisted on July 10, 1915 and was in the 7th 21st Reinforcements.
Florence Elizabeth Roberts
Florence was the daughter of Robert George Roberts and Elizabeth Atkinson. She was born in 1880 in Middleton in Teesdale district, her father was a Wesleyan minister and the brother of Maria Roberts who married Joseph Baldwin. She enlisted on October 3, 1915 as a nurse but resigned in October 1916 to nurse her sick sister. She then re-enlisted and spent time in Genoa, Italy.
Arthur Welsley Roberts
Arthur was a brother to Florence mentioned above. He was born in 1893 in Knaresborough, Yorkshire. I only have his medal card from which I know he enlisted on September 11, 1914 and was discharged on March 10, 1917. He was in a Yorkshire & Lancashire Regiment.
Robert George Roberts
Robert was brother to Florence and Arthur above. He was born in 1882 in Blyth, Northumberland. He was initially a Sergeant in the 12th Yorkshire & Lancashire Regiment then promoted to Lieutenant. From his medal card I know he was in Egypt in 1915.
Stanley Halford Roberts
Another brother to the above three, Florence, Arthur and Robert, Stanley was born in 1883 in Blyth, Northumberland. When he enlisted on August 9, 1915 he was a secretary. He was a Sergeant in East Africa with the 622 Company and was a driver.
Frank Atkinson Roberts
Frank was another brother to the above four. He was born in 1886 in Whitby, Yorkshire and enlisted in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Forces in Edmonton, Canada on January 20, 1915. He married Muriel Lousie McLaren in Ottowa, Canada on January 27, 1922.
Claude was born in 1894 in Geelong and was the older brother of Leo Vincent mentioned below. Much taller than his younger brother he was a wood cutter by profession. He enlisted at Geelong on January 26, 1916 and was assigned to the 9th Reinforcements of the 2nd Pioneer Battalion, then in mid 1917 transferred to the 37th Battalion. He was then returned to Australia as unfit, amongst other things he had phitisis and died in Heidelberg in 1923 aged 28 years.
Leo Vincent Zimmer
Leo was the husband of Adeline Myra Johnstone. She was the daughter of Andrew Johnstone and Nellie Lindsey. Leo was a jockey and the son of Ernest Zimmer and Mary Bolger. He was born in 1901 in Geelong and enlisted on May 29, 1916 at Geelong in the 4/2nd Cyclists AIF. He was promoted to Lt. Corporal and wounded in action in France on August 10, 1918 and invalided home to Australia.
William James Zimmer
Another brother to Claude and Leo, William was born in 1884 and married Catherine Mary Stratton in 1913. He joined the 29th Battalion B Company on July 12, 1915. He was a labourer. He was transferred to the 32nd Battalion on August 12, 1918.
Keith Desmond Collier
Keith was the son of Harold James Collier and Jessie Victoria Longmore and was born in 1924 in Box Hill, Victoria. He served with the RAAF as an aircraftman.
Louis James Collier
Louis was the brother of the abovementioned Keith. He was born in 1922 in Victoria. He was a lance corporal in the SIGS 4 Australian Division.
Dempster, Alexander Elder
Alexander was the son of William Dempster and Ellen Mary Owen and was born at Birkenhead in 1908. William was the son of Jessie Johnstone and John Dempster so for the family out there, the Collier – Johnstone side of the family. Alexander was a 2nd Lieutenant with the Royal Welch Fusiliers. He was killed on June 23, 1941 and buried in Belfast City Cemetery.
Since last Anzac day when I posted about the Boer war and World War I members of the family both near and far I have come across some more. I have yet to put together those of WWII. If anyone has any further information about any of those listed below, or on my previous post about Anzac day and / or photos etc of them I would love to hear from you. It is 100 years since Gallipoli and a number of my extended family were there.
Since my post about Maria Roberts I have had shared with me another two photos of her, one of her sister Martha and found another brother of hers while researching her maternal aunt’s family in London. This photo is of Maria with her daughter-in-law Clara Leonora Kent and her three daughters Lottie Elizabeth, Clara Leonora and Alice Fern. Clara was my great-grandmother and Clara Leonora Kent my three times great grandmother. A wonderful photo to have, thank you to Roger Baldwin.