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Harold Roberts

Date of birth: 1925
Date of death: 30.10.1944
Area: Knottingley
Regiment: Duke of Wellington's
Family information: Son of Harold Roberts and Mary nee Finch
Rank: Private
Service number: 14423956

War Service

Harold Roberts was a Private in the 7th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s (West Yorkshire) Regiment when he died on 30th October 1944 age 19.
He is buried in the Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery. Many of those buried there are as a result of the Battle for Walcheren (Operation Infatuate), at the beginning of November 1944. Walcheren was an island that dominated the entrance to the River Scheldt, which the Germans fortified to prevent the allies gaining access to the vital deep water port at Antwerp. After a hard fought battle, that principally involved units from the 52nd (Lowland) Division, the 5th Canadian Infantry Brigade and the 4th Special Service Brigade, the island was secured on the 8th November 1944.

Family Life

Harold Roberts was bon in the fourth quarter of 1925 and his birth was registered at Pontefract. He was the son of Harold Roberts and his wife Mary (nee Finch) but I have not been able to find this marriage.

close up of rows of white gravestones with strips of grass between the rows and plants planted in front of the gravestones Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery

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