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English Heritage has commissioned a series of portraits depicting six historic figures from the African diaspora whose stories have contributed to England’s rich history. Each artist has been supported by our curators and historians to creatively portray their subject.
Arthur Roberts was the son of a Trinidadian man, who was born in Bristol and brought up in Glasgow. Roberts enlisted with the King's Own Scottish Border Regiment (KOSBR) in February 1917, aged 20. The regimental base was in 18th-century barracks at Berwick upon Tweed and those within the regiment would have felt a strong affiliation with the barracks as both operational and emotional home. Despite transferring to the Royal Scots Fusiliers in June 1917, Arthur was still a KOSB man, an attachment he likely retained all his life. He fought during the First World War and survived the Battle of Passchendaele.
English Heritage, Berwick-Upon-Tweed Barracks and Main Guard