Private Hugh ROBINSON

Lincolnshire Regiment
Secondary Regiment:
Labour Corps
3rd Labour Company
Transferred to 42nd Company
Service Number:
(Transferred to Private, 24961, Labour Corps
Date of Death:
16 February 1918 - Killed in Action
Cemetery / Memorial:
Grave Reference:
X. B. 18.

Personal History:
Hugh was born on the 17th July 1887, the son of Hugh (Farmer of 50 acres) and Hannah (née Waring) Robinson. He had four older brothers and sisters, John Marsden, [see Footnote below] George, William Henry and Mary. When Hugh (Jnr.) was less than a year old his father died (June quarter 1888 - aged 52)

In 1891 (Census RG 12/2779) the children were living with their widowed mother at 13 Park Villa, Fairfield Road, Fairfield, Buxton. Hannah's occupation is shown as "Lodging House Keeper". Ten years later the family were still all together living at "Ivyleigh", Fairfield Road, Buxton. (1901 Census RG 13/3269)

By 1911 (Census RG 14/21233) Hugh was employed as a "Window Cleaner", still living at home at 65 Fairfield Road, Fairfield, Buxton. When he enlisted in 1916 Hugh gave the same address as his home. Hugh was a small man, 4 ft. 11 ins (1.50 m.) tall and weighed 6 st. 10 lbs. (43.5 kg.)

In July 1918 Hugh's mother, Hannah, received his "effects" of £9 2s 9d [£9.14] and a further £3 "War Gratuity" the following year. (This total of £12.14 has an equivalent value of about £512 today - 2016.)

Military History:
Hugh enlisted at Buxton on the 31st August 1916 for the "Duration of the War". He was posted immediately to the Auxiliary Reserve until he was mobilised on the 19th October 1916. Strangely, he was again immediately posted to the Reserve until the 27th February 1917 when he was re-mobilized and posted to the 3rd Company, Labour Corps, being re-badged, Private 24961.

On the 6th March 1917 Hugh was transferred to the 3rd Company, Labour Corps, and sailed from Folkestone on the 23rd March 1917, arriving later that day at Boulogne. On the 9th May 1917 Hugh was transferred again to the 42nd Company.

His Service Papers indicate that he had been classified ".."C (ii) " ...", suffering from Arteriosclerosis, but on the 12th September 1917 he "… was classified "A" …". [Those who were classified as medical Category A went to Service Battalions, and Hugh was posted to L.C.B Depot at Étaples.] Thirteen days later, on the 25th September he was classified fit to rejoin his Unit, arriving the same day. 

Hugh was killed in action on the 16th February 1918. In total he had served just 1 year 170 days with the Colours. He now lies in Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, used by the British until March 1918, mainly by the 21st and 48th Casualty Clearing Stations posted at Ytres, so it is possible that Hugh was brought to one of these CCS from the battlefield.

· Hugh's brother, Pt. John Marsden ROBINSON, served with the 5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) before transferring
   to the Labour Corps. Before that he had enlisted as Private 63609 - Durham Light Infantry. He was Killed in Action on the 21st March 1918, and
   is buried in Favreuil British Cemetery.

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