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15 Mar 1917
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L-Cpl Cecil Clement Robinson, 16318, 7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action near Achiet-le-Grand in France on March 15th, 1917. He was aged 37.
Comrades sent letters of sympathy to his widow, Alice Louisa, at 44 Pondwicks Road, Luton, including one from Sgt E. T. Cutler, from Kensworth, in which he wrote that L-Cpl Robinson suffered no pain, dying instantly when a piece of shell struck his head. He was buried as decently as was possible - Sgt Cutler said that he had seen to that himself - somewhere near Achiet-le-Grand. [The grave was presumably lost as L-Cpl Robinson is named among those with no known grave on the Thiepval Memorial.]
L-Cpl Robinson joined the Beds Regiment in September 1914 and went to the Western Front in July 1915 and was involved in many hot battles. He came home on leave at Christmas 1916 after 18 months' continuous service.
Priory to enlistment, Cecil Robinson worked for Messrs Clay & Sons, of Waldeck Road. He was also one of the original members of Clarence FC and was one of the Clarence team which beat Luton Amateurs 3-1 in a Beds Cup match played at 'Klondyke,' Old Bedford Road, Luton. In his last game for Clarence he broke his left leg, ending his football career.
Cecil Robinson was born in Flamstead in 1880, the son of Gustavus and Mary Robinson. The family had moved to live in Hibbert Street, Luton, by the time of the 1891 Census. Cecil married Alice Louisa Godfrey in Luton in 1904 and the couple had two children.