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Ernest Robinson

Acting Corporal Ernest Robinson
8570 – 6th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment

Died 19th April 1917

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Birth

Name:
Ernest Robinson

Date of birth:
1889

Place of Birth:
Bourne, Lincolnshire England

Date of Birth registration:
Jul – Sept 1889

Place of Birth Registration:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

Occupation:

Marriage

Ernest has not been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Family

Father’s Name:
John Robinson

Father’s DOB:
1853

Father’s Place of Birth:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

Father’s Occupation:
Bricklayer

Mother’s Name:
Susannah Barnes

Mother’s DOB:
1850

Mothers POB:
Billingborough, Lincolnshire, England

Mother’s Occupation:

Their Marriage:
1877 Sleaford District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
Sarah Elizabeth Barnes, 1876, Sleaford (Half sister)
Charles William Robinson, 1879, Bourne
Herbert Robinson, 1885, Bourne
Ernest Robinson, 1889, Bourne

1891 Census:
Ernest is living with his parents at 31 Woodview, Bourne, Lincolnshire

1891 Census:
Ernest is living with his parents at 31 Woodview, Bourne, Lincolnshire

1911 Census:
Ernest is living with his parents at 31 Woodview, Bourne, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 21 and he is listed as a coal porter at gasworks.

Relatives in services:
Ernest’s brothers both fought in WW1 and survived the war.

Newspaper Mentions

Grantham Journal Saturday 5 September 1914
HEARTY SEND-OFF FOR RECRUITS:- On Monday morning, a company of fifteen left Bourne Station to join the Lincoln Regiment of Lord Kitchener’s Army. The company met at the recruiting station in West Street and were escorted to the station by the Bourne Brass Band and a large number of the residents of the town. The names were:- Arthur Mason, Fred W Savage, John Thos Baldock, Geo Sherwin, George Carver, Frank Baldock (married), H Cleary, W Herbert Bloodworth (married), Percy J Vickers, Walter Parker (married), Ernest Robinson, Harry Darnes (Bourne), Joe Smith, Walter Archer and Percy Cave (Witham-on-the-Hill, the latter three being the result of a meeting at Witham-on-the-Hill on Sunday evening, addressed by Lord Kesteven and Lieut K. R. G. Fenwick and presided over by Col C. Birch-Reynardson.

Grantham Journal Saturday 19 May 1917
LOCAL CASUALTIES. Corpl Jos Brown son of Mr and Mrs Brown of Eastgate, Bourne is in hospital at Hampton Court suffering from wounds in his back and right hand. He is one of six sons, five of whom are in the army. Pte G Sherwin, son of Mr and Mrs Luke Sherwin, Bourne who some months ago was officially notified as wounded and missing, is now reported dead. The official notification of Pte Sherwin’s death was received by his parents last week. A memorial service for Pte Sherwin and Pte W Needham was held on Sunday at the Abbey Church. Official notification has this week been received that Corpl E Robinson, son of Mr and Mrs John Robinson, Woodview, Bourne has been Killed in action. Corpl Robinson was attached to the Lincolns.

Lincolnshire Echo Friday 25 May 1917
LOCAL CASUALTIES
KILLED
LINCOLNSHIRE REGIMENT
Robinson 8570 Act-Corpl E (Bourne)

Military Records

Attestation Papers:
None found

WW1 Soldier’s Records:
None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War:
These records show that Ernest Robinson ,6th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on 19th April 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders..

Pension Records:
Not yet available

Medals
Medal Card Index:
Ernest’s medal card index states that he was eligible for the following medals:-
The British Medal
The Victory Medal
The 15 Star

Memorials
UK:Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church
Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In memory of Acting Corporal Ernest Robinson, 8570, 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 19 April 1917
Remembered with honour, Arras Memorial.

More information:

Military Service Timeline:

On Monday 31st August 1914, less that 4 weeks after war was declared, Ernest along with 14 other local men left Bourne station to join the Lincolnshire Regiment. The men were escorted to the station by the Bourne Brass band as well as lots of local residents.
 
Ernest joined the Lincolnshire Regiment, although his records are not available and it is assumed were destroyed in the warehouse fire in the Blitz during World War Two, we are not sure if he served with the 6th Lincolnshire regiment for his entire service life.
Ernest was awarded the 1915 star meaning that he saw action abroad in 1915. Other than this and the fact that he was listed in the 2nd Battalion on his effects register, not much is known about his exact movements.
 
The 6th Battalion had been sent straight from training in 1915 to Galipoli and then to Egypt before moving to France on the 1st July 1916. The battalion entered the Battle of the Somme on the 15th July near Fleurs.
 
The rest of 1916 and the early part of 1917 saw the 6th Battalion in the somme area. Early 1917 and the 6th battalion was first providing working parties in the St-Leger-Authie valley railway and then went into specialised training.
 
At some point whilst in France, Ernest was promoted to acting corporal and was posted to the 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire regiment.
 
The 2nd Battalion started April 1917 at Fins on the Dessart Wood outpost line. The Battalion was then relieved and went into divisional support in Equancourt Wood and then at Fins ready for an attack on Gouzencourt Wood on the 4th April.
Once the objectives were met the Battalion moved back to Fins, to be relieved on the 6th April and moving to Lieramont in divisional reserve.
From the 8th April the 2nd Battalion were in training, before moving to Nurlu on the 11th to provide working parties for road mending.
On the 16th April the Battalion moved into divisional support in trenches north east of Heudecourt. On the 17th they were in support trenches and working on them to create a defensive line.
The Battalion relieved the Berkshire Regiment in the outpost line in front of Gonnelieu on the 18th. At 12 midnight 6 patrols attempted to enter Gonnelieu but were held up in the wire in front of the village and constantly fired upon by rifles & machine guns and were unable to press forward. This was carried out by A & C Companies. 1 officer killed, 2 officers wounded, 11 other ranks killed, 26 wounded, 7 missing.
The next day, 19th April, the battalion were in the outpost line, artillery and patrols were active on both sides.
 
Acting Corporal Ernest Robinson was killed in action on the 19th April 1917.

This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed.

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