Richard Parry Roberts was born in 1886 he was one of seven children born to John and Margaret Roberts. John Roberts is registered as a postman in the 1881 census and the family were living in Trefonen.
By the 1891 census Margaret was living on her own with the children in Nantmawr and registered as a Chapel Cleaner.
In the 1901 and the 1911 census Margaret and her son Richard Parry Roberts were the only ones still living together in Nantmawr with Richard employed as a joiner in the latter census.
From what military records that are still available regarding Richard Parry Roberts it is thought that he enlisted into the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry in Widnes on the 24th or 25th of July 1916 transferring on or around the 19th September to the Machine Gun Corps and possibly arriving in France around mid December 1916 .
He had joined the 195th Machine Gun Corps and saw action around Ypres in 1917 including the Battle of Passchendaele
Corporal Richard Parry Roberts was awarded the Military Medal for two acts of bravery in August 1917.
The following information regarding these acts of bravery are recorded in the 25th Division and the 195 MGC Battalion Diaries.
His citation is seen below:-
"On the 8th August 1917 near "Kit" and "Kat" a Vickers gun team of five men were buried by a shell. Under heavy fire, Cpl Roberts unaided, went to the assistance of the team and dug out the men buried and assisted the men who were only wounded"