ROBERTS, Harold

Known as: 
Aggs
Rank: 
Lance Corporal
Regiment/Corps: 
Liverpool Scottish QOCH
Service: 
Army
Service numbers: 
2931676
P.O.W. number: 
18791
Born: 
Monday, January 12, 1920
Died : 
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Age: 
87
Operations: 
Private Harold Roberts 2 Commando

Lance Corporal Harold Roberts, 5 Troop, was one of the commando contingent on board HMS Campbeltown during the raid at St Nazaire in March 1942. He was wounded and taken prisoner of war. He spent some of that time at Milag Nord Camp, near Bremen, and later at Stalag V111b (Stalag 344) at Lamsdorf, Poland. [1][3][4][5]. 

Harold Roberts was born in Liverpool and was educated at Major Lester School.  He played football for Liverpool schoolboys. Leaving school at the age of 14 he later went on to have a season at Goodison Park as a sixteen year-old and joined Chesterfield FC from the Birkenhead-based Harroby FC only weeks before the outbreak of war. He had to wait until hostilities came to an end for his League debut. Post war he played for Chesterfield FC,  Birmingham FC and Shrewsbury Town FC. [2][3]

Harold Roberts died in 2007.

Sources
[1] St Nazaire Society website
[2] + [image] Chesterfield Town Footbal Club.
[3] Series of online interviews available at the IWM website / Catalogue no. 22671 .
[4] Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.
[5] British Army Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/48.
 

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