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Title: Died in The Priory Thames Ditton.
Post by: wilcoxon on Saturday 18 December 21 14:38 GMT (UK)
I have a Wallace Llewelyn Roberts  born 1896 who was first in the territorials and then joined the 4 th Batt RWF.
he later had the service number  200283.I know they were sent to France in November 1914 where he was awarded the D.C.M and the M.S.N.
He is listed in the Gazette as W. L Roberts in July 1918.
 I can`t find his Army records so can only guess that they were burnt.  Is there any way to find out  what he did to earn his medals.
He died in 1922 in The Priory , Thames Ditton, but was brought home to be buried in Welshpool. He was married with a  young child.
 Why would have been in Thames Ditton.
As far as I can find it was a  " Home of Compassion" 
Can anyone help please.



Title: Re: Died in The Priory Thames Ditton.
Post by: Ladyhawk on Saturday 18 December 21 14:46 GMT (UK)
I have a Wallace Llewelyn Roberts  born 1896 who was first in the territorials and then joined the 4 th Batt RWF.
he later had the service number  200283.I know they were sent to France in November 1914 where he was awarded the D.C.M and the M.S.N.
He is listed in the Gazette as W. L Roberts in July 1918.
 I can`t find his Army records so can only guess that they were burnt.  Is there any way to find out  what he did to earn his medals.
He died in 1922 in The Priory , Thames Ditton, but was brought home to be buried in Welshpool. He was married with a  young child.
 Why would have been in Thames Ditton.
As far as I can find it was a  " Home of Compassion" 
Can anyone help please.

Not sure if this will be of any help - sorry don't have access to check this pension record
WWI Pension Record Cards and Ledgers  Reference Number:   5/MR/No.4823
Wallace Llewellyn Roberts b 1895 discharged 20 Feb 1919
Rank: CSM Service No 200283

Edit to add there's also this record

Wallace Llewellyn Roberts d 19 Jan 1922 of Royal Welch Fusiliers
Service Number:   200283
His widow was recorded as Edith
Title: Re: Died in The Priory Thames Ditton.
Post by: Stanwix England on Saturday 18 December 21 15:35 GMT (UK)
Having had a look online, it seems that 'Home of Compassion' was its eventual name, not something it was.

https://ezitis.myzen.co.uk/homeofcompassion.html

According to this link, it started in the Victorian era as a home for abandoned pregnant women, but that evolved over time into something else.

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By 1906 the Home had 10 patients, dying of tuberculosis or sarcoma.  The patients belonged mainly to the Church of England, although one male patient was a Baptist.  Catholic priests were not allowed to enter the premises.

In 1909 the owner of No. 37 decided to sell the property and the Home was obliged to vacate the building.  It moved to a much smaller house with 8 rooms at No. 51 Warrington Crescent, where it had only 6 beds.

In 1912 sufficient funds had been raised to equip the Boyle House Farm in Thames Ditton.  Twelve patients were transferred there from London.

The new Home of Compassion, a Georgian mansion built around 1786, stood in 2 acres of grounds and included stables and outbuildings.    Its main entrance was in Boyle Farm Road.

So this would suggest that Wallace Roberts became ill and was transferred there. Perhaps he was in London for some reason at the time he became ill?
Title: Re: Died in The Priory Thames Ditton.
Post by: bearkat on Saturday 18 December 21 16:19 GMT (UK)
There are details of his life and service history here

https://ww1.wales/other-counties/montgomeryshire-memorials/welshpool-war-memorial-ww1-the-town
Title: Re: Died in The Priory Thames Ditton.
Post by: wilcoxon on Saturday 18 December 21 16:50 GMT (UK)
Thank you so much. That is wonderful research by someone. 
Title: Re: Died in The Priory Thames Ditton.
Post by: bearkat on Sunday 19 December 21 11:14 GMT (UK)
and a transcription of his headstone

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/210610032/wallace-llewelyn-roberts
Title: Re: Died in The Priory Thames Ditton.
Post by: wilcoxon on Sunday 19 December 21 14:46 GMT (UK)
And here are his medals,  not a good photo though. 

Title: Re: Died in The Priory Thames Ditton.
Post by: wilcoxon on Sunday 19 December 21 14:47 GMT (UK)
Medals image awaiting approval

Thanks for your help.
Title: Re: Died in The Priory Thames Ditton.
Post by: bearkat on Monday 20 December 21 13:25 GMT (UK)
That's quite a haul of medals - brave man.
Title: Re: Died in The Priory Thames Ditton.
Post by: wilcoxon on Monday 20 December 21 15:23 GMT (UK)
His grandson is a friend of mine.