24 October 2014

During World War II Eric Roberts (1907-1972), a bank clerk working in London, was recruited by MI5 to spy on Nazi sympathisers, mostly antisemites, in Britain. The National Archives has just released the records which show he did a capital job.

There is a Cornish interest. The newspaper reports of this say he was born in Sussex and lived as an adult in Surrey but went to school in Penzance and attended Camborne School of Mines. He is recorded in Penzance in the 1911 census, aged three.

Why he was recruited is unknown – his employers were baffled that he was wanted for special military work. Perhaps there are people here who  can add to the bare details of his story?

The story is in several national dailies, for example: Guardian 24 October 2014
And there is an article in Wikipedia