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Edward was born in London in 1888, the youngest of six children to Charles and Martha Robinson, Charles was a Police Constable and his wife Martha had been born in Arnold. He was orphaned when still a baby and was brought to Arnold where he was raised by a local family. He was a member of the Methodist Church and in 1911 he was living as a lodger at 10 Furlong Street, Arnold, he is living with Edward Broughton 29 yrs a colliery labourer and his wife Ann Eliza 29 yrs and their daughter Mabel Mary 1 year old, he is 22 yrs of age and a french polisher (furniture) He married Mary Ann Robinson (nee Horton born 1887 ) who lived on Front Street, Arnold in 1913, their marriage was recorded in the Basford Registration district. After marriage they went to live at 73 Duke Street, Arnold, Nottingham. By the time he left to join the army they had two daughters Margaret Mary b1914 and Ivy May b1915. His pension record card shows his widow was living at 14 Hallams Lane Arnold, when she was awarded a pension of 22 shillings and 11 pence a week which commenced on 29th October 1917.
French polisher
09 Apr 1917
1637402 - CWGC Website
13th Bn The King's (Liverpool Regiment)
He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters Regiment at Nottingham with number 49790 and was later transferred into the Kings Liverpool Regiment as a reinforcement, most probably when already in France. On the 9th April 1917, the day Edward was killed in Action, the British Army opened the battle of Arras in an attempt to force the Germans away from the river Aisne sector where the French Army was about to attack. Three British Armies were engaged with General Sir E Allenby’s Third army in the centre about Arras, northwards the First Army under General Sir H Horne was poised to attack Vimy Ridge and to the south was General Sir H. Gough’s Fifth Army about to advance on the Hindenburg Line around Bullecourt. Considerable ground was taken on the first day, including Vimy Ridge by the Canadians. Gough made little progress in the south and resistance from the Germans was growing fast. It was then on the first day of this massive attack by the British that Edward was killed in Action, his body was never identified and he has no known grave, he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France, Bay 3
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