Re: Ancestry All UK, British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-19
ADM 104 isn't much help:
ROACH F. W., aged 29, L.A.C., d. Mar 16 1930, Haslar R.N.H. injuries - ruptured spleen; operation.
Newspapers are a bit more forthcoming. Nothing specific but some possible leads to chase.
His funeral was reported in the Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, March 24th 1930, and it records him as aged 28, a native of Exeter, son of Mrs. M. A. Roach, of Simla, Grosvenor-place, Blackboy-road, Exeter and that he left a widow and infant daughter Joan. He was educated at St. James's Boys' School.
It also reports the inquest, and that Roach was playing in goal for a Royal Air Force team against H.M.S. Excellent and was charged by the opposing centre-forward, knocked out and left the field. He was operated on for a ruptured spleen, but intestinal paralysis developed and was the cause of death. Eye-witnesses described the opponent's action as 'perfectly fair' and a verdict of accidental death was returned.
His birth seems to have been registered in Exeter as Fred William Roach in the Jan/Feb/Mar 1902 quarter.
Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England