GCR was discharged or “disembodied” on 8th July 1919 and instructed to report to Oswestry in case of emergency. He was 3 months short of his 23rd birthday having voluntarily enlisted before his 18th. He has been overseas for 4 years without home leave.
His certificate of employment during the war to be shown to future employers described him as “an extremely smart NCO fearless in action. Has done excellent work with the LTMB and the Bn. Was awarded the MM for gallantry in the Field”.
His employment prior to enlistment is recorded at Drapery Manager, a trade he returned to after the war although not surprisingly after his wartime experience he was never really content in this role.
He married Ethel Pritchard in 1922 and they had one child, John, in 1923.
He suffered from a degree of what we now refer to as PTSD for most of his life and in particular was claustrophobic probably as a result of having been buried in the explosion at Jerusalem in the incident that resulted in his award of the MM.
He applied for and was awarded a small army medical pension as a result.
He was only truly content again after the outbreak of WWII. He immediately tried to re-enlist but was turned down due to his pension. However he joined the Home Guard and became platoon commander and later a company commander in Cardiff. His son John Roberts was a member of GCR’s platoon prior to being old enough to enlist in the regular army.
GCR is seated in the middle and John Roberts is sitting in the front row second from the left.
GCR joined the ministry of works as a civil serpent in 1940 and remained there until his early retirement was forced by the development of a heart condition in 1956.
He died in 1976 six days after his 80th birthday.