William Robinson was probably a pre-war regular soldier in the Worcesters recalled to the colours when war broke out in 1914. He served in the 1st Battalion which crossed to France in November 1914 They had experienced in two years the first Battle of Ypres in 1914, the campaigns in Artois at Neuve Chapelle and Loos in 1915 and were in reserve for the first day of the Somme on the 1st July 1916. They soon entered the front line at Contalmaison and attacked on the 6th July. They fought continuously for the next few days but the attack was an expensive failure with casualties over 300. Among those killed in action was Private William Robinson. He is commemorated on the Thiepval and Halesowen Memorials.
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB
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