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Name Frank Edmund Robbings
Date/Place of Birth 11 Sept 1896 / 31 Coningham Road, Hammersmith, Middx
Parents' Names Henry Ambrose John Robbings;Sarah (nee Richardson)
Father's Occupation/Location Postman; Paddington, London
Father's Death/Incapacity Syncope
Admitted to AO 30 Nov 1900 (Aged 4)
Admission No 5443
Left OWS&AO Dec 1910 (Aged 14)
Occupation/Residence Errand Boy; 15 Butterswick Cottages, Hammersmith
Enlistment Location London
Service/Rank/Number Army; Private; 10352
Battalion/Regiment 6th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own
Killed/Death 30 Sept 1916 (Aged 20)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry France; Thiepval Memorial
Memorial Reference Pier and Face 3A and 3D
Campaign Medals Victory Medal; British War Medal
Frank Edmund was born to Henry and Sarah Robbings on 11 September 1896. His father died in March 1900 and Frank was admitted to the Alexandra Orphanage on 30 November, aged 4, to be joined, four years later, by his younger brother Harry. Frank left the Orphan Working School and Alexandra Orphanage in December 1910, soon after his fourteenth birthday. The 1911 Census shows Frank working as an Errand Boy and living with his grandmother in Hammersmith, London. It is not known when Frank enlisted for military service but he did so in London, and joined 6th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Private Robbings was killed in action on 30 September 1916, when he was 20 years old; his body was not recovered from the battlefield. His sacrifice is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, between Albert and Bapaume, in France, together with 72,000 others who died in the Battle of the Somme, between July and November 1916, and who have no known grave.
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