Frederick Henry ROBINSON

Frederick was not born in Wymeswold, but in Hampshire; in fact his connection with the village now seems tenuous. His parents were from Staffordshire. Following his mother’s early death, he and his brother were sent to live with relatives in Staffordshire, and it may be here that he first became involved with the grocery trade. As he grew up, a series of jobs in grocery led to a management position in Derbyshire, and in 1907 he married Alice Ludlam, who came from a Loughborough family. The 1911 census suggests that he was the manager of Wymeswold’s village Co-op store.

He served in the 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. There is some evidence to suggest that he may have been a Territorial soldier, and that he may have transferred from the Leicestershire Regiment. However, with no surviving service records, it is impossible to be definitive. In early April 1918 the battalion was positioned at the Lawe canal, near Essars, a town close to Bethune. On the 13th and again on the 18th, the battalion was heavily shelled with both explosive and gas. This was part of the Battle of the Lys – itself a part of the second phase of the German offensive. It was also at this time that Jesse Mills was killed, about four miles to the north.

Frederick was probably injured during this period, because he was evacuated back to England before dying in the Stoke on Trent military hospital of ‘(1) Gunshot wound of leg, (2) Septicaemia, Exhaustion’. It appears that his wife Beatrice had moved back to Loughborough in 1917, perhaps because Frederick’s work had already taken him away from Wymeswold. However, his inclusion on the Wymeswold Roll of Honour is probably due to his sister-in-law, Emily, who had married into Wymeswold in 1910. 

Frederick’s grave in Loughborough Cemetery
Frederick’s Will, written in the back of his Army Pay Book