Huthwaite War Memorial Project

LEONARD R. 50083

Huthwaite War Memorial

Leonard Robinson

Private 50083 - Essex Regiment
11th Battalion

Died of Wounds Flanders 19th October 1918 : Aged 20

Vadencourt British Cemetery - ref II C 33

Born and residing in Huthwaite first qualified Leonard, but the following article adds sadder details.

Official news has been received of the death of Private Leonard Robinson, 10, Swan Yard, Huthwaite. He was 20 years of age, and had been out in France only just over three weeks. He was wounded on October 17th and died on the 19th at the 47th Casualty Clearing Station. He formerly worked at New Hucknall Colliery. The following letter has been received:- “I am very sorry to inform you of the death of your dear son, Pte. L. Robinson, 50083, 11th Essex. He, was admitted on the 17th badly wounded in the back, the bullet penetrating the bowel. Everything that was possible was done to try and save him, but he gradually became weaker and died at 7 p.m. on the 19th. He was conscious but was weak. He did not speak much or leave any message. It is one consolation for you to know that he was brought to hospital, where he had every comfort and his last hours made easier for him. All his personal belongings will be forwarded to you through the War Office. Accept my deepest sympathy at this time in your sad bereavement.”

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Written 23 Jul 06 Revised 09 Feb 09 © by Gary Elliott