Sybil Ethel Roberts

Author: FNRC
Date published: 23/01/2014

Sybil Ethel Roberts was born on the 6th of May 1895 at 46 Denbigh St in the registration district of St. George, Hanover Square, London she was the daughter of William and Ethel Roberts.

In the 1911 census Sybil then 15 is living with her widowed mother, elder sister Marjorie and younger brother William at the same address 46 Denbigh St, her mother was still living there at the time of Sybil’s death.

Nothing is known of her childhood but Sybil was on the nursing staff of Newbury District Hospital at the time of her death in 1914. Perhaps with the prospect of war looming Sybil decided she wanted to do her bit but why she was nursing in Newbury remains a mystery.

Tragically Sybil contracted typhoid while nursing at Newbury Hospital where she died on the 8th of June 1914 aged only 19 years. Her death certificate records that the typhoid fever lasted 21 days and primary cause of death being haemorrhage. Sybil’s mother Ethel came from London and was present at the time of her daughter’s death.

Sybil was buried in Newtown Road Cemetery, the inscription on her gravestone reads.

To the memory of
Sybil Roberts daughter of William and Ethel Roberts of London.
Born May 6th 1895 died June 8th 1914 of typhoid while on the nursing staff of the hospital.
Greater love hath no man than that a man lay down his life for his friends.



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