ROBINSON, Charles Hugh

1st World War
Date of Birth
Date Attested
Attested at
Goderich, Ontario
Regimental Number
Date of Death
Age at Death
19 years
Biographical Summary

DIVISIONAL UNIT:        1st Canadian Infantry Division
                                             3rd Infantry Brigade
                                             13th Battalion  -  Royal Highlanders of Canada
                                             Canadian Infantry Corps
SERVICE NO:                   126375
DATE OF BIRTH:            September 13, 1897
                                             Dungannon – Township of Ashfield / West Wawanosh – County of Huron - Ontario
DATE OF DEATH:           September 24, 1916             19 years
MEMORIAL:                    Vimy Memorial – Vimy
                                             Pas de Calais - France
PARENTS:                         Mr. Fred and Ada Robinson - Goderich
Occupation:                        Delivery Person                    Religion:     Roman Catholic
Enlistment:                         September 10, 1915 – Goderich into 71st Battalion
Enlistment Age:                 18 years

Charles was born in Dungannon and raised at Lot 11, Concession 4 E.D. in Township of Ashfield.
Private Robison boarded the SS Olympic in Halifax and embarked from Canada on April 1, 1916 and arrived in Liverpool on April 11, 1916. 
He then transferred to the 73rd Battalion based at Oxney Camp on May 28, 1916 and following that transferred to the 13th Battalion at Bramshott on June 18, 1916 and went into France and on June 19, 1916 arrived at Canadian Base Depot. He joined his unit in the field on July 1, 1916.
On this day the weather was fine throughout the day but it became showery later in the day with very little wind.
Apart from artillery fire the positions in the trenches was quite quiet and there was not much sniping or firing from either side.
Both the enemy artillery and the Brigade artillery were active the whole day and both sides used their guns of all calibres.
The greater number of enemy shells fired landed upon Courcelette frequently and the Battalion took heavy casualties during these periods as the men tried to pass through the village.
A portion of No. 2 Company was relieved and No. 1 Company went from support to the front lines to the left of No. 4 Company.
Private Robinson was killed in action during military action in the trenches near Courcelette, France. It is thought that during the heavy artillery fire the enemy was bringing down on the Battalion was when Private Robinson was killed in action.