- Surnames starting with the letter R. 

Cecil Gordon Robinson

Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:01st Bn*
Name of Rgt or Ship:Dragoon Guards
How Died:Killed in Action
Country of burial:FranceGrave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Vadencourt British Cemetery, Maissemy
Town Memorial:Sale
Extra Information:
Born during the March quarter 1895 in the Leeds R.D. - ref: 9b/503, the son
of Thomas & Margaret Robinson (nee Middleton).    He was baptised  on the
20th of February 1895 at St. Michael's Church, Buslingthorpe, Leeds.

1901 Census - 16 Glossop Terrace, Leeds, Yorkshire.    Son - aged: 6 -
born: Leeds.    Head of household - Thomas Robinson - Married - aged: 38 -
occ: Railway Clerk - born: Hartwith, Yorshire.   Also - Margaret Robinson -
Wife - aged: 33 - born: Chester le Street, Co. Durham.   Plus 1 elder

1911  Census - 59 Urban Road, Sale.   Son - aged: 16 - occ: Railway Clerk -
born: Leeds.   Head of household - Thomas Robinson - Married - aged: 48 -
occ: Agent - born: Harworth, Yorshire.   Also - Margaret Robinson - Wife -
aged: 43 - born: Chester le Street, Co. Durham.   Plus 1 elder sister.

The family lived in Leeds until the early 1900s, when they moved to Sale,
living at 'Haziedene', 59, Urban Road, Sale, where they stayed for the rest
of their lives. About this time Thomas had also stopped working as a
railway clerk and become an agent for a steam shipping company. However,
following in his father's footsteps, once Cecil left school he started work
as a railway clerk himself.

Posted to France on the 22nd October 1915.

King's Dragoon Guards (5th - Princess Charlotte of Wales).

From St. Martin's P.C. Magazine - The cavalry had mixed roles in trench
warfare on the Western Front. Part of their time was spent just behind the
line, waiting to exploit any breakthrough on horseback; part of it they
spent in the trenches as infantry. Cecil served in both these rOles,
throughout the battle of the Somme and afterwards. When the third battle of
Ypres started, Cecil was still further south, holding the line between the
eastern end of the Somme battlefield and the new German front line, It was
during this period that Cecil was either posted, or attached, to the 1st
King's Dragoon Guards.

In August 1917 the KDG were back in the line, and patrolling actively in
no-man's land. On the 20th and 22rc they took over trenches at Le Vergier.
A fighting patrol on the night of the 23rd encountered and attacked a
strong enemy patrol, capturing three Germans and routing the rest, but
losing one man killed and one wounded.

SDGW states his number simply as 8329.   It also states that he was
Household Cavalry & Cavalry of the Line (including Yeomanry & Imperial
Camel Corps).

M.I. - "Glad did he live & bravely died".

Memorials found on:
St. Martin's (Ashton on Mersey)St. Mary's (Ashton on Mersey)
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