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Private Ralph Craddock Robinson

15310 7th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

Son of Mr Simon & Mrs Florence N Robinson

Aged 19 years

Died 27th September 1915

Commemorated at Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, Pas de Calais
Grave II. D.63


Born at Irchester and enlisted at Rushden.
Brother of Thomas Robinson.
The Rushden Echo Friday 12 November 1915, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Men Missing - Private R C Robinson - News Wanted

Mr and Mrs S Robinson, The Bungalow, Washbrook estate, Rushden, received official news on Nov. 2nd that their son Pte R C Robinson, 15310, C Company, 7th Northants, has been missing since the engagement of Sept. 27th. It is six weeks since they received a letter from him, and of any of his comrades can send them any information concerning their son they will be very grateful. He enlisted in September last year, and prior to leaving Rushden he was in the employ of the CWS.

Mr and Mrs Robinson's eldest son was killed in the battle of Aubers Ridge on May 9th, as reported in the "Rushden Echo" at the time.

(This piece was repeated on the 19, 26 November, 3, 10 December, 7, 14, 21, 28 January, 11, 18, 25 February, 3 March)

The Rushden Echo Friday 29 September 1916, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Soldier Killed - Pte R C Robinson - Missing for 12 Months - Death Now Presumed

Mr and Mrs S Robinson, of the Bungalow, Allotment Estate, Rushden, have received a notice from the War Office to the effects that then- son, Pte R C Robinson, 15310, Northants Regt., who was officially reported missing as from Sept. 27th, 1915, his death must now be presumed.

Some light as to the manner of his decease is shed by a letter Mr and Mrs Robinson have received from Pte J E Day, one of their son's comrades. He writes:-

"It is with the greatest sympathy that I am writing to you these few lines, but I have been asked to do so by one of my old friends at Southwick - Mr Page. I am sorry to say that the -- Northants were very seriously cut up at Loos, and being one of poor old Ralph's chums, and we were always together, I write to tell you that we were side by side when he received a severe wound to the chest which I am sorry to say laid my old chum low. It was on Sunday Sept. 26th at night when he got it. I do not know what became of his things, because I copped out just after that myself."

Much sympathy is felt with Mr and Mrs Robinson, who have thus lost two of their sons in the war - Pte Ralph Robinson, of the Northants, whose demise is reported above, and Pte T Robinson, also of the Northants Regt., who was killed at Aubers Ridge on May 9th last year.


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