Walter Robinson was the son of George and Selina Robinson of 18 Mill Street, Cradley, and possibly worked in Blackheath. He enlisted in the Staffords and was sent to the 8th (Service) Battalion in France. In 1916 they were in the second wave of the attack of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July, and were responsible for taking Fricourt and Mametz Wood. They were at Arras in April 1917 and then came into the front line in October for the later phases of the Third Battle of Ypres. They attacked near Pilckem on the 12th October in spite of the cold and wet weather but suffered heavily. Severely wounded, Private Walter Robinson was taken to a Casualty Clearing Station where he died on the 27th October. He was 20 years of age and is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery (I B 36) and commemorated on the Blackheath, Cradley and Halesowen Memorials.
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