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Private Bertie Robinson

203858 1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment

Son of Mr Samuel & Mrs Lydia Ann Robinson
Husband of Edith Robinson

Aged 28 years

Died 20th September 1917

Commemorated in Perth Cemetery (China Wall)
Grave II. H.11.

Born, enlisted and resided at Rushden.
The Rushden Echo Friday 12 October 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates

A Rushden Soldier Killed - A Former Member of the Rifle Band

We are grieved to report that Mrs Robinson of 88 Wellingborough-road, Rushden, has received news from unofficial sources that her husband, 203858, Pte Bert Robinson, of the Herts Regt., (formerly of the Beds Regt.) was killed in action on September 20th. The news is sent by a comrade, Pte Smith, of the same regiment, who acquainted the deceased soldier's wife by letter. Pte Smith writes that he was with Pte Robinson the night before he was killed, and according to a report from the stretcher bearer, Pte Robinson was killed instantly and suffered no pain.

The late Pte Robinson, who was 28 years of age, leaves a widow to mourn her loss. Prior to enlistment he was employed by the late Mr J G Perkins, painter and house decorator, Moor-road, Rushden, and he joined His Majesty's Forces at midsummer this year, proceeding to France on July 30th.

As a lad he passed through St Mary's Church Sunday School and was a member of the Church Lads' Brigade for a number of years. Right up to the time of his marriage, about three years ago, he was a member of the Rushden Rifle Band, playing the side drum, and was well known and highly respected by his colleagues.

Rushden Echo, August 30th, 1918, transcribed by Greville Watson

Rushden’s Casualty List - Victims of the War

A second bereavement through the war has, we are sorry to say, befallen Mr and Mrs Samuel Robinson, of 9, Alfred-street, Rushden.  Nearly twelve months ago we reported that their son, Pte. Bert Robinson, had made the supreme sacrifice, having been killed on September 20th last year. News has now been received that another son, Lance-Corpl. Thomas Roland Robinson, of the Northants Regiment, has fallen in action, at the age of 26 years. The deceased soldier, who leaves a wife and one child, was formerly a member of the Church Lads’ Brigade at Rushden, and for a number of years he was the bugler of the brigade. As a member of the Northants Territorial Force, he was in camp when the war broke out, and was mobilised with the rest of the Volunteers.  In July, 1915, he was sent out to the Dardanelles, and he was there for six or seven months. On the expiration of his term of military service he returned to England.  In January last year he was again called up. For a time he acted as drill instructor at Crowborough, and in Easter this year he was sent to France, where he has now met with his death. Prior to the war the deceased soldier worked at the C.W.S. boot factory at Rushden. His wife and child are residing at Corporation-terrace, Higham Ferrers. Mr and Mrs Samuel Robinson have another son in the Forces – Sergt. Raymond Robinson, of the Motor Machine Gun Section – who is serving in France, and several interviews with whom have appeared in the “Rushden Echo.”

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