Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (The 2/4th Battalion)

Research and Resources around the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry during WWI

Captain A. J. Robinson

From G. K. Rose, The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.

August 1916
“Robinson, an officer from the Middlesex and one of the best the Battalion ever had.”

November 1916
“At Albert, Bennett was taken from A ‘Company to act as Second in Command of the Berks. Brown assumed command of his company and Robinson about this time of C Company, Brucker having returned to the 61St Divisional School, which was set up at St. Riquier.”

“On the evening of November 25, 1916, Robinson
of C Company and myself, taking Hunt and Timms
(my runner} and one signaller, left for the front line.”

Christmas Eve 1916
“Robinson with C Company was also in Hessian, to the left of D.
His headquarters possessed plenty of depth but neither height nor breadth. The dug-out entrance was the size of a large letter-box and nearly level with the trench floor.”

22nd February 1917
“We change into gumboots in an old cellar and our journey commences. See the Colonel, Cuthbert, Marcon, Brown, Stockton, Robinson and mvself lead off down a communication trench behind a guide, pledged to take us to the Berks Headquarters.”

18th/19th March 1918
“A went to Fayet itself and D Company, commanded in Robinson’s absence bv Rowbotham, provided the garrison of Enghien Redoubt.”

Late March 1918
“Robinson, who had returned from leave in time to take part in the La Motte affair, assumed command.”

24th April 1918
“attention of the German guns set fire to the buildings; and Robinson was obliged to leave the cellar and repair with his headquarters to a trench to windward.

21st May 1918
On the morning of May 21, during some shelling, where most of us had descended to cover, a German shell pierced the building where C and D Company Headquarters were and dropped through into the cellar, where it exploded. Several men were killed and also ‘Tommy’ Lodge, the officer whose conduct had earned him distinction three weeks before at Baquerolle Farm. Robinson, too, was wounded and was lost to the Battalion.”

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