Wednesday 17 October 2012

Private Victor Joseph Roberts

Born on 21 April 1893 in Farnham, Quebec - son of Saul and Mary (nee Royston) Roberts, Farnham or Stanbridge East, Quebec - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as lineman; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 33[?] inches fully expanded; dark-sallow complexion; brown eyes; black hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Smiths Falls, Ontario, on 5 January 1915 (number 410605) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded at duty on 13 January 1917 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery (grave XXX.G.15), France.

(Updated with an image of Pte Roberts' headstone that I took in Cabaret Rouge Cemetery in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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