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Walter Wynn Roberts and Agnes Emma Walker

Walter Wynn Roberts was born on the 25th. of September 1879 in the village of Llanyblodwel, Walter Wynn Roberts birth details the youngest son of Thomas and Hannah Maria Roberts. It was at quite an early age that he left the village with part of the family to go to Cottage where Lloyd George grew upLlanystumdwy, Caernarvonshire Cricieth Castlewhich is a picturesque village next to Cricieth.
The reason for the move was because Thomas, his father, was to take up a new post as Farm Bailiff on the estate of Hugh Nanney, a wealthy landowner. The farm was called Gwynfryn and for the early years in the job the family occupied the farmhouse. The three elder brothers Thomas, Edward and James didn`t join the family but stayed in Shropshire so I have a hunch that Walter Wynn never met those brothers as he was very much younger.

Little is known about Walter Wynn`s formative years and it is not until 1901 and the census that we catch up with him again. He is seen as a grocers assistant in a small shop in Llanberis and his age is 21. Again we lose him until his marriage at the age of 31 and he is living in 25, Botanic Place, Liverpool and he is now a Grocers Manager.

Walter Wynn met and married Agnes Emma Walker the daughter of George and Emma Walker from Market Drayton, Shropshire on April 17th. 1911. They were married in Christ Church, Market Drayton and the witnesses were David his brother, Ruth, Agnes`s sister, and George Slaney Walker her eldest brother. No sign of any more Roberts`s there!
Walter Wynn`s marriage details

Their first born son was non other than Walter Stanley Roberts and we all know who he was! He was born on December 28th. 1912 and by this time the family were living in Selkirk Road.
Walter Stanley Roberts birth

He was, at the time of Dad`s birth still a Grocery Manager but we do know that at some time during the growing up of the children he started in business on his own account as a Grocer. Dad,Olive, Queenie,TrixieThe next born was Olive Emma, then Violet who we always knew as Auntie Queenie.
I don`t know when or what happened to determine the reason for the move from Liverpool to Conwy and for that matter, why Conwy!
The family story is that Walter Wynn`s business floundered and went into liquidation but no proof of that.
However, Conwy it was but I don`t know at what time in the chidrens lives this was but we do know that Walter Stanley was working as a butchers assistant in Conwy when he was aged 14 so that puts the year at about 1926.
Lots of speculation here but I believe that the family were at first living in 14, Erskine terrace, at the back of Chapel Street in Conwy but they then moved to 32, Penmaen Road, on the Morfa where Walter Wynn remained.

Sadly, Agnes Emma died quite young at the age of 48 in 1930.

Whether Walter Wynn carried on with his trade as a Grocer or whether he went straight into transport when he arrived in Conwy I don`t know but when we kids knew him he was a conductor on the Crosville Buses, he had a Bulldog, he carried a silver topped cane walking stick, and he had a rather nice gold pocket watch and chain. Grandfather Walter Wynn RobertsNow I wonder what happened to that watch because my Grandfather promised that to me when sat on his knee one day!
Our going to school days and any outing requiring a bus ride were always enhanced by the sight of our Grandfather standing on the rear platform of a double decker bus as we knew that the ride would be free thus saving a few pennies.

Walter Wynn remarried at some time when the children were in their late teens and I have a hunch that it didn`t go down too well with them but it didn`t last long and they were divorced.
We always knew him as appearing to be very tall. He also stood very straight up and this was probably due to his Army training.
WElsh Guards badge and Tie

Walter Wynn Roberts`s served with the Welsh Guards in the Great War. The Welsh Guards was raised on 26 February 1915 by order of His Majesty King George V, in order to include Wales in the national complement of regiments of Foot Guards identified with the countries of the United Kingdom. Two days later, the Battalion mounted its first King’s Guard at Buckingham Palace on 1 March 1915 - St David’s Day. He was awarded the British medal - vol A626 page 421. Walter Wynn served in UK.

He retired sometime in the fifties and lived with Aunt Olive at the Rocksley Hotel, Craig y Don, Llandudno where he had his own flat. He spent quite a lot of his time in his allotment on the Mostyn Broadway. Later on in his retirement he came to live at 44, Dundonald Road and where he passed away aged 85 on the 9th. February 1965. He and Agnes Emma are buried together in St. Agnes Church cemetery in Conwy.

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