Ernest Thomas Robinson was born in Greetham on 19 October 1891, the only son of John Robinson, and died ten days before his 26th birthday. Ernest was employed as a cowman by J M Stokes of Twyford, Melton Mowbray, before enlisting on 3 May 1916 in the 10th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment. After several months training he went to France on 5 October 1916 and was transferred to the 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. He was wounded on 24 April 1917 but recovered and was able to rejoin his battalion. Ernest was reported missing, presumed killed on 9 October 1917 when the battalion was in action north of Langemarck, during the Battle of Poelcappelle, part of the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). The Worcestershires took part in a major attack which began with an artillery barrage beginning at 5.20am. The troops followed the creeping barrage forward, crossing the Broenbeek stream which was swollen by heavy rain and caused some difficulties. The advance followed the line of the Ypres-Staden railway line. The leading Companies reached their objectives, the war diary commenting: "Although meeting with a good deal of opposition the advance was not hung up." With the barrage moving forward at a hundred yards every eight minutes, the advance continued and the second objective was reached "with rather less opposition." The third objective was taken with the Worcestershires capturing six German officers, 200 men and five machine guns. Their own losses amounted to two officers and 20 men killed, five officers and 107 men wounded and 40 men missing, including Ernest Robinson. His body was never recovered and so he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 77, and on the war memorial at Greetham.
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