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Story of Gwilym Roberts

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posted on 2024-06-05, 17:44 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

Gwilym was local to Caernarfon living in Parc Newydd, Rhosgadfan. He joined the Welsh Regiment in 1942. Photo include memorial march as his cousin Maldwyn Roberts was killed while in RAF in Germany probably Hamburg. Photos include Gwilym and Maldwyn as youngsters.

Gwilym ended the war as an Irish Fusilier and survived the war. Years later he could not bowl cricket over arm and on closer inspection at the hospital was told he still had shrapnel in his lung. He had been hit by a mortar bomb during the war and Christmas 1944 spent in hospital with appendicitis. He fought at Monte Cassino.

Note overseas and good conduct chevrons on blouson.


Item list and details

Photos of Gwilym Roberts

Person the story/items relate to

Lance Corporal Gwilym Roberts

Person who shared the story/items

Arwyn Roberts

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

He was the contributor's father

Type of submission

Shared at Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum, Gwynedd on 23 and 24 September 2023.

Record ID

118683 | RWF003-010