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Robinson, Leonard

Leaving the College he gained an appointment as mathematical master at the City of London School, where he gave further evidence of securing for himself distinction in the future. At the outbreak of the war, the school authorities giving him permission, he was among the first to join the Army, securing a Commission in the 9th Lancashire Fusiliers. In July of the present year he proceeded with his regiment to the Dardanelles. At the Suvla Bay landing he led his Company in four bayonet charges, and was in the thick of the fight until August 22nd on which day he fell leading his Company in an attack on Chocolate Hill. Four days after his death he was gazetted Captain. His father cabled out congratulations but alas he was beyond them.

He was greatly respected by all who knew him. The members of St. Paul's Church, Wigan, of which his father was then minister, have erected a beautiful tablet to his memory. He was a brave, fearless, straightforward and honourable young fellow. He was one of the great number of University men who heard the call of their country and responded to it, preferring if need be, to die the hero's death rather than live the coward's life. Dulce et decorum pro patria mori est. John H. Robinson

Biographical

Surname(s)Robinson
First name(s)Leonard
Date of birth1 February 1890
Family detailsSon of the Rev. John Henry Robinson, of The Manse, Upper Dieconson Street, Wigan, Lancs.
Previous educationBurnley Grammar School
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dept / courseFaculty of Science, Maths
QualificationsB.Sc.(Hons)
Military unitLancashire Fusiliers 9th Battalion
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death22 August 1915
Age at death25
Rank at deathCaptain
Place of deathDardanelles
Cause of deathKilled in action
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel, Helles Memorial
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves; King's College Review, December 1915; Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919

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