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Franklin Alfred James Roberts was born in Essex on the 8th of March 1897, one of four children of Alice Roberts (née Stockbridge) and Frank Roberts, who is noted to have worked as a superintendent of Singers Sewing Machine in Edinburgh in the 1891 census. The 1901 census shows that Franklin A J Roberts lived in Plymouth. Roberts attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1913 to 1914 as a full time student of drawing and painting and dropped out of the 1914 to 1915 session to join the war effort as a Private in the Scottish Rifles, 1st battalion. He is also recorded as a Lance Corporal of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). After the war, Roberts returned to GSA from 1920 to 1925 as a part time student of black and white drawing, etching and metalwork, whilst working as a clerk and manufacturing agent. His date of death is yet unknown. Roberts is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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