Private Bert Roper

poppyPrivate Bert Roper was born in 1896, the son of Thomas & Margaret Roper, who over the years lived in Bank Street, Hednesford Lane [Road] and Gorsemoor Road, Heath Hayes.

In March 1918 Bert joined the 7th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment and in the summer of that year, he married local girl Nellie Earp.

Shortly after his marriage Bert was sent to the battlefields of France but was sadly killed in action on 23rd October 1918.

Bert is commemorated on the Heath Hayes War Memorial and on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial in France.


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