Poppy Walter ROBINSON (1894–1915) Poppy

Walter Robinson was born at 68 Hayfield Road, Oxford in 1894 and baptised at SS Philip & James's Church on 23 August.

His father Edward Robinson was born in Wolvercote in 1862/3, the son of the labourer Edward Robinson senior. He was a 22-year-old groom and living at 3 Mount Street in Jericho when on 23 August 1885 at St Barnabas's Church he married his first wife Elizabeth Florey (19) of 3 The Terrace Park Town, the daughter of the labourer Stephen Florey. His first wife died soon after their wedding, and is probably the Elizabeth Robinson of 62 West Street, Osney who died at the age of 20 and was buried on 13 June 1886 (death recorded in register of St Frideswide's Church). At the time of his second marriage in 1888, Walter's father Edward Robinson was living at 32 Union Street in Jericho and working as a groom.

Walter's mother was Matilda Dyer, who was born at Curbridge near Witney in the late 1850s (no registration found) and baptised there on 8 January 1860, the daughter of the labourer John Dyer. At the time of her marriage in 1888 she was aged 25 and living at 12 The Crescent in SS Philip & James' parish..

Walter's parents were married at St Barnabas Church in Oxford on 15 April 1888, and soon after their marriage they moved to 68 Hayfield Road, where they were to spend the rest of their lives. This was in SS Philip & James parish until 1896, and thereafter in St Margaret’s parish. Their five children were all born there:

  • Beatrice May Robinson (born at 68 Hayfield Road, Oxford on 18 February 1890 and baptised at SS Philip & James’s Church on 17 April)
  • Edward Robinson (born at 68 Hayfield Road, Oxford on 30 April 1891 and baptised at SS Philip & James’s Church on 25 June)
  • Frank Robinson (born at 68 Hayfield Road, Oxford on 8 October 1892 and baptised at SS Philip & James’s Church on 8 December)
  • Walter Robinson (born at 68 Hayfield Road, Oxford and baptised at SS Philip & James’s Church on 23 August 1894)
  • Lilian Mary Robinson (born at 68 Hayfield Road, Oxford on 21 December 1895 and baptised at SS Philip & James’s Church on 6 February 1896)

Walter’s father Edward Robinson continued to work as a groom/cab driver. At the time of the 1891 census he was at home at 68 Hayfield Road with his wife and their baby daughter Beatrice.

In 1901 Walter (6) was living at 68 Hayfield Road with his father Edward (39), who was described as a groom, his mother Matilda (40), and his four siblings Beatrice (11), Edward (9), Frank (8), and Lilian (6).

In 1911 Walter (16) was working as a butcher's errand boy and living at 68 Hayfield Road with his father Edward (50), his mother Matilda (54), his brother Frank (18), who was a cowman on a farm, and his sister Lilian (15), who was a general servant. His brother Edward was already married, and his sister Beatrice (who may also have married) was dead.

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 was 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 was listed in Kelly’s Directory at 68 Hayfield Road until 1930.
Walter’s three surviving siblings
  • Edward Robinson (born 1891) was described as a 20-year-old labourer living at home at 68 Hayfield Road when he married Ada Sophia Mitchell at St Clement's Church on 30 November 1910. At the time of the 1911 census they were living at 51 Catherine Street in east Oxford with William Mitchell (1), described as their nurse-child (with “illegitimate” crossed out).
  • Frank Robinson (born 1892) was a 20-year-old labourer living at home at 68 Hayfield Road when on 30 November 1910 at St Clement's Church he married Ada Sophia Mitchell of 14 Jeune Street, and they had two children.
  • Lilian Mary Robinson (born 1895) was aged 27 and still living at home at 68 Hayfield Road when she married the driller Frank Bernard Cox at St Margaret's Church on 16 May 1923. He died in Oxford in 1941 at the age of 56. Lilian married her second husband William C. Willis in Oxford in 1946. Lilian Mary Willis 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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