Poppy Walter ROBINSON (1894–1915) Poppy

Walter Robinson was born in Oxford in 1894, the son of Edward Robinson (born in Wolvercote in c.1860) and Matilda Dyer (born in Curbridge near Witney in c.1856). His parents were married in Oxford in the second quarter of 1888 and had six children:

  • Edward Robinson (born in 1888, birth registered Headington district fourth quarter; died aged 14 months)
  • Beatrice M. Robinson (born in Oxford on 18 February 1890, baptised at SS Philip & James’s Church on 17 April 1890)
  • Edward Robinson (born in Oxford on 30 April 1891, baptised at SS Philip & James’s Church on 25 June 1891)
  • Frank Robinson (born in Oxford on 8 October 1892, baptised at SS Philip & James’s Church on 8 December 1892)
  • Walter Robinson (born at 68 Hayfield Road, Oxford and baptised at SS Philip & James’s Church on 23 August 1894)
  • Lilian Mary Robinson (born in Oxford on 21 December 1895, baptised at SS Philip & James’s Church on 6 February 1896)

Walter’s father Edward Robinson was a groom/cab driver. He and his wife probably moved soon after their marriage in 1888 to 68 Hayfield Road (which was in SS Philip & James parish until 1896, and then in St Margaret’s parish), and were certainly there by the time of Beatrice’s birth in 1890. The couple lost their eldest son shortly before the 1891 census, and were at home with Beatrice.

The family was still at 68 Hayfield Road at the time of the 1901 census, when Walter was six, and the 1911 census, when he was sixteen and at work as a butcher’s errand boy.

Memorial to Walter Robinson

Poppy In the First World War Walter Robinson served as a Private in the 5th Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 10438). He was killed in action in Flanders in Belgium at the age of 21 on 25 September 1915 and has no known grave. He is remembered on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panels 37 and 39) (right), and on the war memorial outside St Margaret’s Church in north Oxford.

Walter Robinson is the second cousin of Nathaniel Robinson, who is listed next to him on the St Margaret’s memorial.


St Margaret's Church War Memorial

After the War

Walter’s father
  • Edward Robinson senior is listed in Kelly’s Directory at 68 Hayfield Road until 1930.
Walter’s siblings
  • Edward Robinson junior died in 1960.
  • Frank Robinson married Elizabeth Ada Vale and they had two children. After his first wife’s death Frank married Clara Emma Brown and they had one child. Frank died at Oxford on 6 January 1970.
  • Lilian Robinson married Frank Cox, and after his death she married William C. Willis. Lilian died in Bicester in March 1986.

See also

  • CWGC: ROBINSON, Walter
  • Oxford Journal Illustrated, 3 November 1915: picture of Private W. Robinson (5th OBLI) of Hayfield Road

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