Medals from the Collection of the late Eric Smith

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Date of Auction: 23rd November 2009

Sold for £100

Estimate: £60 - £80

Pair: Able Seaman R. G. Roberts, Mercantile Marine, who was killed in action the S.S. Forestmoor in October 1917

British War and Mercantile Marine War Medals 1914-18 (Robert G. Roberts), extremely fine (2) £60-80


Robert Glyn Roberts, who was born at Pentyrch, was killed in action on 6 October 1917, when the Moor Line Steamship Forestmoor was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine 54 miles N.N.W. of Cape Spartel, Morocco - the captain and 21 of her crew were killed. He was the son of Isabel Roberts of 1 Glynrhondda Street, Cardiff, he was 24 years of age and is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial; the possibility exists of other recipients of the above awards with the same names.