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Thomas William ROBINSON

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Forename(s): Thomas William

Place of Birth: Gisburn, Yorkshire

Service No: 4338

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 1st Battalion

Division: 4th Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1916-07-01

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 6 C.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

Thomas William Robinson was the son of James Burrows Hodgkin and Nancy Robinson, née Smith. James was born at Bourne, Lincolnshire and Nancy at Crawshawbooth, Lancashire.

1891 Colne, Lancashire Census: Cook House - Thos W. Robinson, aged 2 years, born Gisburn, Yorkshire, son of Jas and Nancy Robinson.

1901 Colne, Lancashire Census: 26, Carry Bridge - Thomas W. Robinson, aged 12 years, born Barnoldswick, Yorkshire, son of Jas B.H. and Nancy Robinson.

1911 Colne, Lancashire Census: 6, Lower Green - Thomas William Robinson, aged 22 years, born Gisburn, Yorkshire, son of James B.H. and Nancy Robinson.

Thomas was married to Ethelwilda Smith in 1913.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Cpl Thomas W. Robinson, 4338, E. Lan. R. Theatre of War first served in: 1 [France]. Date of entry therin: 18.12.14.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Cpl Thomas William Robinson, 4338, 3rd East Lancs.; 4338, 1st East Lancs.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Thomas William Robinson, 4338, 1st Bn E. Lanc. Date and Place of Death: On or since 1.7.16. Death presumed. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Wife and sole legate - Ethelwilder. £10 16s. 9d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Thomas.

Thomas is commemorated on the Colne War Memorial.

Data Source: Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19 Records


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

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Forename(s): Thomas William

Born: Gisburn, Yorks

Residence: Colne, Lancs

Enlisted: Preston, Lancs

Number: 2338

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion: 1st Battalion


Died Date: 01/07/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Forename(s): Thomas William

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 4338

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Unit: 1st Bn.



Died Date: 01/07/1916

Additional Information: Son of Mrs. N. Robinson, of Glen St., Colne; husband of Ethelwilda Robinson, of 12, Langroyd Rd., Colne, Lancs.

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1st Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

On the morning of July 1st the bombardment of the enemy trenches became intense, but the German machine-guns continued to fire from Beaumont-Hamel throughout the bombardment.

At 7.26 a.m., the leading platoons of the assaulting companies moved out to a line taped-out in ‘no-man’s-land,’ so as to be in line with the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers, of the 29th Division, who were to attack Beaumont-Hamel.

At 7.32 a.m. ‘D’ Company and Battalion Headquarters followed the attacking companies and established themselves in shell-holes.

Immediately our guns lifted from the German front-line trenches, heavy machine-gun fire was opened from the German front-line; from Beaumont-Hamel and Ridge Redoubt, Lieut.-Colonel Green personally counted eight machine-guns firing on the battalion front. Simultaneously the German artillery barrage came down some 200 – 250 yards in front of our line and on all assembly trenches.

In spite of this terrific fire, the battalion advanced as steadily as if on manœuvres until practically the whole battalion became casualties. Actually a few of the leading troops entered and passed the German front-line, but on the front of the right and centre companies the wire was found intact and no way through it could be found. Many men were killed on the wire while attempting to force a way through; among them was Sergeant Redmayne who was shot through the head just as he got out of the trench in front of Colonel Green. Many sought cover in the shell-holes close to the wire which they had vainly attempted to pass.

The survivors of the battalion occupied shell-holes in ‘no-man’s-land’ until they were able to retire to our trenches at dusk. All wounded capable of crawling were sent back first, followed by a rear-guard of unwounded men.

[Thomas William Robinson was killed in action on the 1st July 1916.]




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