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Elgin Clifford Roberts
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Elgin Clifford Roberts 283365 Private 219th Battalion; 85th Battalion December 7, 1882 Roberts Island, Argyle, Yarmouth County, NS April 4, 1916 Yarmouth, NS Upper Argyle, Yarmouth County, NS 33 5 feet, 4 inches Medium Brown Grey 29th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, Yarmouth Married Fisherman Baptist Beatrice Viola Elgin (Wife) Argyle, Yarmouth Co., NS April 8, 1968 Private Roberts was the son of Leonard Eillis Roberts (1860–1949) and Clara Eva (Goodwin) Roberts (1861–1936) of Yarmouth, NS. He was the husband of Beatrice and father of Cilfford Lindsay Roberts of Argyle. Having completed his initial training in Canada with the 219th between April and October 1916, he embarked Canada on the SS Olympic December 10, 1916 and disembarked at Liverpool England on October 18, 1916. at Bramshott Camp he was transferred to the 17th Reserve Battalion on January 23, 1917 and proceeded overseas for service with the 85th Battalion on March 3, 1917. He arrived in France at Havre and joined the 85th Battalion in the field on April 5, 1917. At Lens, France on August 4, 1917, Private Roberts was severely injured by shrapnel to his left thigh deep into the muscle and sciatic nerve. Taken from No 6 Casualty Clearing Station to No 22 General Hospital at Camiers, France, he was transferred to England and admitted to King George Hospital, London on August 16, 1917, and transferred to Ontario Military Hospital, Orpington, Kent on September 25, 1917. He remained there until September 4, 1918 when he was transferred to Granville Canadian Special Hospital at Buxton, Derbyshire. On November 14, 1918 he was moved to No 5 Canadian General Hospital, Liverpool. Invalided to Canada on December 10, 1918, he sailed from Liverpool on His Majesty’s Hospital Ship (HMHS) Essequibo to Halifax and admitted to Camp Hill Hospital in Halifax on January 1, 1919. After gradual improvement and treatment he was released and discharged from hospital on July 14, 1919 and from military service at Halifax on July 17, 1919. He served in Canada, England and France. After his discharge he continued to have slight loss of function to his left leg.
Private Elgin Clifford Roberts, wife Beatrice and son Melford (1916)
His Majesty’s Hospital Ship (HMHS) Essequibo