On this day during the First World War:

Frederick Orlando Roberts of Murrayville (Langley, B.C.), December 25, 1897 - June 3, 1916

Frederick Orlando Roberts of Murrayville (Langley, B.C.), December 25, 1897 - June 3, 1916

Frederick Orlando Roberts was born on Christmas day in 1897, making him only 18 years old when he was killed in action.

Roberts was in one of four parties assigned to assist the Canadian Engineers in improving the state of the trenches in the Ypres Salient. Roberts perished from enemy shelling on June 3, 1916 according to the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

He was the only son of the Langley Prairie postmaster F. W. Roberts.

Visit the Langley Centennial Museum’s current exhibit, Sacrifice and Sorrow: Langley and the Great War of 1914-1918, to learn more about the First World War and Langley. The exhibit runs until July 16.

The Langley Centennial Museum is located at 9135 King Street, and admission is by donation.

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