Charles Robinson

Information about birth

Army information

Ireland, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment place:
Shoreditch, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
 —  Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 2nd Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Kriegslazarett 123, Roeselare, Belgium
Cause of death:
Died of wounds (D.O.W.)


Roeselare Communal Cemetery
Plot: II
Row: F
Grave: 2

Points of interest 4

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place
#3 Place of wounding
#4 Place of death (approximate)

My story

Charles Robinson was born in St Luke's, Middlesex near London. He joined up a little further down the road in Shoreditch. He was deployed to France on 1 April 1915, with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion. Charles immediately went into action and was thrown into the middle of the Second Battle of Ypres, which raged from 22 April to 25 May 1915.

In a last-ditch breakthrough attempt, the Germans released gas on a large front on 24 May 1915. The 2nd Dublin Fusiliers were entrenched around Mouse Trap Farm, also known as Shell Trap Farm. The German positions were only a few dozen metres away. Shortly after the gas was released, German infantry overran the Irish lines. Although the Germans could not force an ultimate breakthrough, the Dublin Fusiliers were practically wiped out at Mouse Trap Farm. The 2nd Dublin Fusiliers were forced to retreat, leaving many wounded and dead. Of the 658 men who went into the line, as many as 594 became casualties, of whom 545 were reported missing by the end of the day.

Private Charles Robinson suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was taken prisoner. He was transferred to Kriegslazarette 123, in the Klein Seminarie, a Catholic college in Roeselare, Belgium, where he died of his wounds on 26 May 1915. He was buried in the Roeselare municipal cemetery, German grave no 730.

Connection to other soldiers 1

Ernest Robinson 
Possible name change at Red Cross burial records

Files 4

Sources 3

2 Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 95/1481/4).
Sources used
British Army World War I Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 372).
Sources used
Prisoners of the First World War, the ICRC archives (International Committee of the Red Cross archives, Geneva (ICRC), ACICR, C G1).
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