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robinson photorobinson photoEdward Robinson was born in Preston, Lancashire in 1889. He was the son of James and Mary Jane Robinson.

Prior to the Great War, Edward and his wife Mary lived together at 33, Tennyson Road, Preston.

Edward enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at Preston. He was given the service number 18923. Edward was quickly promoted to Corporal.

Corporal Robinson sailed to France on 30th September 1915 to reinforce the 1st Battalion, joining them in the field.

At some point in the next two years he was promoted to Acting Serjeant.

Edward died from wounds on 18th July 1916. His wounds were most likely sustained on the 14/15th July; the Battalion arrived in the Somme area on 10th July; the Battle of the Somme had been raging since the 1st of the month.


10th July 1916

Bresle – Moved off again about 21:30hrs and marched up into support in Becourt Wood through Albert. 1st Brigade in the line, having taken over Contalmaison villiage just recaptured this afternoon. 3rd Brigade in Reserve in Albert.

11th July 1916

Becourt Wood – Busy day reconnoitering the line. Position at present very obscure and practically no definate information available. Battalion at 1/2 hours notice to move up in support of 1st Brigade.

12th July 1916

Becourt Wood – Quiet day. 62nd Brigade now hold Mametz Wood which clears up the situation.

13th July 1916 

Becourt Wood – Battalion came off 1/2 hours notice (to move). Further reconnaissance of the line.

14th July 1916

Moved up to O.B.1, just east of Becourt Wood. Operations see Appendix A. Wounded Captain A. Livings and 2nd Lieutenant J Wardle.

15th July 1916

See Appendix A. Casualties 2nd Lieutenant H. W. Gifford killed. Lieutenant L. G. Holt wounded.

16th July 1916

Becourt Wood – Quiet day resting and reorganising. Draft of 116 other ranks joined the Battalion.

17th July 1916 

Becourt Wood – Quiet day, moved forward in the evening into trench area, Becourt Wood – O.B.1. Battalion HQ at X.26. A.82.

18th July 1916

In the field – Moved up again in the evening, as Brigade took over the line. Battalion in reserve. C Company in ‘Black Watch Alley’; B and D Companies in ‘Quadrangle trench’; A Company in trench from X.22. A.04 to X.21. B.65. Battalion HQ in Peake Wood at X.22. A.77.

19th July 1916

Quiet day. C Company relieved by B Company.

Appendix A

Appendix A

Edward was awarded the 1914/15 star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Edward Robinson is remembered in the Puchevillers British Cemetery. He was 27 years old.

Unfortunately his service papers have not survived.

Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 18923
Date of Death: 18/07/1916
Age: 27
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

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3 Responses to 18923 ASJT. E. ROBINSON. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Angela Gray says:

    Amazing that this information is available for families researching there roots,thank you so much for the information on my Great Grandad Edward Robinson.

  2. Steve Cartmell says:

    Thank you very much for this.everything makes sense now.The commanding officers report into the actions on the 14th/15th july 1916 is an astonishing document…very very grateful

  3. Angela says:

    Hey cousin Steve! I have done some more research on the Gray family tree and visited graves let me know if you would like more information.

    Ange x

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