Arras Memorial

Rank: Rifleman
Service No: 302275
Date of Death: 16/05/1917
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade) 2nd/5th Bn.
Panel Reference Bay 9.

Additional Information:

Born in 1896 at Woodford, youngest son of Ernest William (Cashier for the S.G Steamship Co.) and Helen Maude Roper. His Mother died in 1905. 1911: A scholar living with his Father, family, and Aunt Ellen at Stafford Lodge, 59, Chelmsford Road, South Woodford. This was the address given in his Will.

An Old Bancroftian. Head Office Clerk at the National Provincial Bank. He tried to enlist at the start of the war but was rejected as being too young. He was accepted for service in 11-15, and had been in France since 01-17. On this day he and three other men were sent in front of their unit at Arras to confirm whether a village had been cleared of Germans. As they approached to within 150 yards, two were shot dead instantly, and as Roper ran back with his remaining colleague he was fatally shot in the neck. The fourth Rifleman made it safely back to the Battalion.

Memorial: Rolls of Honour: St Mary’s Church. Bancroft’s School.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Find my Past. Woodford Times. The Bancroftian.
Qualification: Borough Resident.