Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
13569   Private Thomas James Roberts
Save as PDF
Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 14/11/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 17/01/1889
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 27
Thomas James Roberts was the son of Robert and Sarah Jane Roberts. He was born on 17th January 1889 near Aughnacloy, probably in County Monaghan. He was one of at least fourteen children. His mother was a farmer in Monaghan. Private Thomas Roberts was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916. Seven sons of Mrs Roberts served during the war, three of whom died.
Read more on Private Thomas James Roberts
Cemetery Details
Cemetery: AIF Burial Ground
  Flers, Somme, 4
Grave Ref: Grave XV-M-28
CWGC Casualty 264621
A.I.F. Burial Ground is 2 Kms north of the village of Flers, in the Department of the Somme. Travel south-west of Bapaume on the D929 in the direction of Albert for 6 Kms to the village of Le Sars. Turn left eastwards on the D11 in the direction of Geudecourt for 3.5 Kms to the D74/D197 junction. Continue along the D74 in the direction of Geudecourt for 500 metres when a CWGC signpost will be seen indicating the A.I.F. Burial Ground along a track to the right.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Dungannon War Memorial - WWI - Panel 1 Dungannon
References and Links
No Link Reference Map Doc
1 1901 Census lists Roberts family Lists Thomas as age 11 living at house 1 Drumbirn, Derrygorry, Monaghan
2 1911 Census lists Roberts family Does not list Thomas as living with the family at house 1 Drumbirn, Derrygorry, Monaghan
3 Photo of Private Thomas Roberts' grave
4 Lance Corporal George Roberts Brother of Private Thomas Roberts
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
6 Private William Roberts Brother of Private Thomas Roberts
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Thomas Roberts' headstone can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023