Victor John ROBINSON

ROBINSON, Victor John

Service Numbers: 7764, 7764A
Enlisted: 10 February 1917, Lismore, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Rous, New South Wales, 17 March 1898
Home Town: Rous Mill, Ballina, New South Wales
Schooling: Rous Public School
Occupation: Student
Died: Natural causes, Wollongong, New South Wales, 20 January 1983, aged 84 years
Cemetery: Wollongong Memorial Gardens, NSW
Plot: 1st Rose Gdn 12
Memorials: Rous Public School Old Time Pupils Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

10 Feb 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 7764, Lismore, New South Wales
31 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 7764, 9th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 Oct 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 7764, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
17 Apr 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 15th Infantry Battalion
20 Jul 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 7764A, 15th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days", GSW (head and shoulder)
29 Mar 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 7764A, 15th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

The three enlisted children of Robert and Mary Ann (née Duncan) Robinson of Rous, New South Wales:-

1927 Pte. Walter Harvey Robinson (/explore/people/322292) - returned to Australia;

7042 L/Cpl. William Hardy Robinson (/explore/people/163649) - killed in action;

7764A Pte. Victor John Robinson - returned to Australia.

'ROUS PUBLIC SCHOOL

WELCOME HOME TO PRIVATE VICTOR ROBINSON.

About 18 months ago, when reinforcements were so badly needed at the front, the Department of Education appealed to every school in the State to provide at least one recruit for the ''Carmichael Thousand.'' Rous school took the matter up most enthusiastically, and sent to the department two names, viz., George Newman and Victor Robinson—two young men who had just reached military age, as its representatives at the front. When asking these two young men to represent them, the pupils made a promise to send them parcels and comforts, and to do all in their power for them while they (the recruits) were fighting for them. This promise they fulfilled. Both of these boys were wounded, and one, Victor Robinson, has returned. The other, we believe, whose wound, was more serious, will return shortly.

Desirous of showing, their appreciation, of what Pte. Robinson had done for them, the pupils invited him to be present at the school on Friday evening last, when, after rendering a short programme, Pte. Robinson was presented with a pair of gold sleeve links, which bore the following inscription: ''Presented to Pte. V. Robinson from the pupils of the Rous Public School.'' Miss Adele McCurdy, president of the junior Red Cross branch, presided, and in welcoming Pte. Robinson, said they were all pleased to have him back with them. They all realised that in going away to fight for them that their soldier boy had sacrificed much, for he had only just completed his four years' course at the District School, and his going away meant a great loss to him, as far as his educational career was concerned. However, she assured Pte. Robinson that they very, deeply appreciated what he had done. They were all proud of him, in fact, they were proud of all the boys who went away from Rous to fight the Empire's battles.

Miss Fay Shaw congratulated their guest on having recovered so well from his wounds. She had not known him for quite as long as most of the pupils, but nevertheless she appreciated very much his going away to fight for her. She wished Pte. Robinson every success in life, and trusted it would not be long before he was well enough to resume his studies. The president then asked Pte. Robinson to accept a pair of gold sleeve links as a token of affection and appreciation from the pupils of the school. Pte. Robinson, on rising to speak, was loudly applauded. He thanked them all very much for their thoughtful and kind act in making him that present, which he very much appreciated, and would look upon the links as one of his greatest treasures. He then gave a very interesting account of his trip through the Panama Canal, and other places he saw on the way to Europe, and then back again through the Suez Canal, and concluded a very interesting account by exhibiting a gas mask and explaining its use. The proceedings concluded with the singing of the National Anthem.' from Northern Star 8 Apr 1919 (nla.gov.au)

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