Private Albert Roberts

One of the pleasures of running this blog-site is the opportunity for relatives and descendants of 11th DLI men to add information and to provide new names. Thanks to Crawford and Leona Morton, I have now added Albert Roberts from Gateshead to the Roll of Honour under ‘R’. Like John Doyle from Darlington, Albert was one of those who survived the war only to succumb to illness a few years later and just outside the limits for his grave to be adopted by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission or for his name to appear on any war memorial. But for people like Crawford and Leona he would otherwise be virtually unrecognised. There is a method of tracking down anyone like this who served in 11th DLI and who survived to go home, but it means leafing through many volumes of the Durham Light Infantry WW1 medal registers at the National Archives in Kew (WO 329) – not a task for the faint-hearted. It would also be a mammoth task for a digitisation and indexing project.

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