William George Roberts
Private Robert’s name appears on the Haltonville Cenotaph.
Private Roberts is buried in Mont Huon Cemetery in Le Treport, France. His grave reference is VII. D. 9A.
Milton Soldiers on the local cemetery (Google Earth).
Private William George Roberts was living in Campbellville (Milton) at the time that he attested to the 164th Battalion on July 21, 1916. Many of the Milton lads, farmers like William, joined the 164th. His next-of-kin was actually his friend “John Ramsey of Campbelville.
He arrived in England in April 1917 and was transferred to the 2nd Canadian Reserve Battalion. After short periods of time in the 119th and 125th Battalions, he arrived at the 21st Battalion (4th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Division) on March 29, 1918, finally settling there on April 4, 1918.
It appears from the records that Private Robertson received a shrapnel wound to his right foot on August 26, 1918, was taken to a Casualty Clearing Station and then to the No. 2 Canadian General Hospital (Le Treport), where he died on September 1, 1918. Additional medical records suggest it was a gun shot wound, that his leg was amputated and that he died of secondary hemorrhage (massive blood loss). Unlike many others, there are no detailed medical records.
Private Roberts was killed in the period known as “Canada’s Hundred Days“, as the CEF entered an era of mobile warfare and moved rapidly from Amiens, through the Hindenburg Line to Cambrai. August 26, 1918 marked the start of the Battle of Arras. The war diary summary of August 26, 1918 (see also part 2and part 3 ) reports on the action and attack of that date, south of the Arras-Cambrai road, very near Vis-en-Artois. The report tells of 12 men killed and 5 wounded, one of which was Private Roberts – as he did not die that day. The artillery fire was intense.
There are no additional digital images on the Virtual War Memorial.
The action involving the 21st Battalion on August 26, 1918 is very detailed in the war diary, as well as in the texts of Nicholson and Livesay. Readers are encouraged to refer to those texts for additional details of the battle that took the life of Private William George Roberts.
Private Roberts is one of the many men of the 21st Battalion that has been studied by the 21st Battalion Research Group. You will find that information here: