Biddulph & District Genealogy & Historical Society Biddulph Grange

Margaret Fleming Brodie and Joseph Varley Roberts

Photographs found in the Albums

Photograph 01: Joseph Varley Roberts MC

[No notes on rear.]

Photograph 02: Group of seven officers including

Joseph Varley Roberts MC [No notes on rear.]

Photograph 03: Group of 9 Officers of the 8th Corps Signals Company taken in Orchies in the Autumn of 1918 outside a shack built earlier in the 1914/18 war by the Canadian Corps. Back row (l-r): Cutbush, Moreton, Baines, Hope Smithson and Front row (l-r): Varley Roberts, Jennings, McIntosh, Graham, Lodge (nephew of Sir Oliver Lodge)

Certificate 04: “To Mrs Varley Roberts - A Souvenir of gratitude for the kind manner in which you have entertained so many men of the Allied Forces. Your welcome to a real Home will linger long in their memories, a true British Hospitality and helps forge Links of Empire - Presented on behalf of the Committee, G A Crockatt - Chairman : Cyril Barin - General Secretary : Date - 31/10/19”

Notes on the back of the Certificate read: Certificate issued to Mrs. Margaret Fleming Varley Roberts.First wife of Joseph Varley Roberts MC devout Christian and promoter of overseas relations via CMS in Northern Nigeria. She pre-deceased him in 1942 (corrected from 1949) but he carried on her passion and married Gertrude Sawyer who worked with him in Northern Nigeria in the 1950’s.

Photograph 05: Photograph in buff card sleeve (sold by H. Ward, 2 Station Street, West Croyden) taken in Switzerland in the 1920’s. Notes on the back: Born December 1885 Stanningley near Leeds, Yorkshire and died September 1988 at Loughton, Essex September 17th. Joseph Varley Roberts MC - Centre with moustache Switzerland 1920’s (in party his 1st wife Margaret Brodie formerly Fleming). Pink Post-it inside: Lived in Avonbury, London. Margaret Fleming (nee) Brodie married June 1915 to Joseph Varley Roberts and pre-deceased him in April 1949.

Photograph 06: No title [No notes on the reverse].

Photograph 07: No title [No notes on rear.]

Margaret F Roberts nee Brodie [arrow pointing to standing lady in Photograph 06] and Joseph Varley Roberts [arrow pointing to gentleman sitting in foreground right].

Photograph 31: No notes on the reverse. Note in album: J V Roberts Nov 1936

Photograph 32 and 33:

No notes on the reverse.

Note in album: Joseph and Margaret

F. Varley Roberts Egypt Nov 1936

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