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St James Colwall

Herefordshire

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In memory of

Albert William Robbins

2nd Batt King's Royal Rifles

The beloved son of

Henry and Mary Robbins

Of this parish

Who was killed in France when on

Active service

20th August 1916 Aged 23 years

RIP

Albert William

Robbins

First World War

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Rifleman

2nd Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps

1893

Colwall, Herefordshire

20th August 1916

23

Killed in action in the exploits around High Wood in support of the Northamptonshire Regiment when the 2nd KRRC were sent forward to meet a German advance - they held, with some forward and back, in the last event before withdrawing the Glosters who were relieving them failed to send any officers to the advanced position so 2nd Lieut Stokes and some of his men stayed but at this point were again attacked - Stokes was killed with many others. Albert was killed in one of these actions on that day around High Wood

Serre Road Cemetery No 2, Somme, France

Albert's body was never found after the war - it wasn't until 1927 (over 10 years since his death) that his body was discovered and identified - complete with effects found on his body - spoon, watch, medal. Albert was the only child of his parents. The news of their son's discovery must have been indescribable

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