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Robinson, O., Pte., 1916

Victory Medal

On the Thiepval memorial is the name of 45448 Private Oliver Robinson, serving with the Durham Light Infantry who died 16/09/1916.

John Wayper has sent the photos of Pte. Robinson's Peace medal and he writes:

Following are the details I believe to be accurate.

Having typed the name and serial number from the medal into Google a reference to the Forces War Records website came up. I subscribed to this for a month and obtained the following information :

Pte. O. Robinson died on the 16th September 1916.He belonged to the 10th battalion Durham Light Infantry.

The website listed the various events that the 10th battalion were involved in. They are as follows :

27th - 29th April 1916 German gas attack near Hulluch.
11th May 1916 The defence of Kink position.
23rd July - 3rd August 1916 the Battle of Pozieres.
15th - 22nd September 1916 the Battle of Flers Courcelette.
25th - 28th September 1916 the Battle of Morval.
1st October - 5th November 1916 the Battle of Transloy.

So, it looks more likely than not that Pte. O. Robinson fell during the Battle of Flers Courcelette, a subsidiary attack (Franco British) of the Somme offensive. This was the first battle in which tanks were used.

Please see attached pictures of the Victory medal issued to Pte. O. Robinson during the Great War showing serial number ' 45448 ', the medal that prompted me to investigate his history in connection with the Great War.

Oliver Robinson is remembered at Tow Law on T57.01, T57.03 and T57.06


The CWGC entry for Private Robinson

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk