Walter de Horne Robinson MC (1888-1917) -Temp Capt Border RegimentWalter de Horne Robinsonwas born on the 30thOctober 1888 in Streatham, Surrey, the son of John William Robinson, a Shipping Agent and Insurance Broker, and his wife Amy Gertrude (nee Barrington).The family was obviously well off and Walter was educated privately at Sunningdale School and then Marlborough College before studying for a Classics BA at Peterhouse, Cambridge from 1907 to 1911. Although his three older brothers took up professions similar to their father – the 1901 census find them involved in shipping, law and finance – Walter decided to be a teacher and in 1911 obtained a position at Christ’s Hospital school.Shortly after the outbreak of war, on the 15thSeptember 1914, he signed up as Pte 828 in the 19thBn Royal Fusiliers (the University & Public Schools Battalion) and was shortly promoted to Lance Corporal – “battalion scout”.His aim was obviously higher than just an NCO role so in October 1914 he applied for a commission. This was granted just a few weeks later and on the 26th November 1915 he was posted 2nd Lieutenant with the 3rd Bn Border Regiment. The 3rdBattalion was a reserve/training unit and remained in England for the course of the war but Walter transferred to the 1stBn, and was shipped to Gallipoli to join the 29thDivision on the 26thMay 1915. His entry on the Marlborough College Roll of Honour records him as being wounded soon after landing, and the War Diary confirms this as happening on the 8thJune. He later re-joined his regiment was one of the last to be evacuated from the peninsula.In March 1916 he shipped to France and served as a Lieutenant with the Border Regiment Special Reserve from 3rdApril. He was at Ypres between the 30thSeptember and the 1stOctober 1916 as this is where he won his Military Cross. The citation in the London Gazette of 14thNovember 1916 reads “For conspicuous gallantry in action. He led a raid against the enemy’s trenches, displaying great courage and initiative. It was due to his coolness and ability that the raid was successful.”The War Diary is equally effusive in its praise for the management of this action.He was wounded again at the end of October 1916 but once again recovered and re-joined his regiment. By early 1917 he was back with the 1stBattalion.According to the War Diary, on the 27thJanuary 1917 the 1stBn Border Regiment, in company with the 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, had orders to attack a section of the enemy position south of Le Transloy, known as the Landwehr Trench. An artillery barrage of 96 eighteen-pounder guns with support from 30 Australian howitzers preceded the attack which began at 5.30 am on a 750-yard front. By 7.00 am 117 prisoners had been taken and the first and second objectives had been captured with light casualties. However consolidation on the flank proved difficult due to frozen ground, enemy shelling and sniping, and in all the Battalion took 137 casualties, including four Officers and ten Other Ranks killed. Walter Robinson was one of those killed along with his fellow officers Lieutenants S C Cheverton, and W L Beattie and Second Lieutenant A M Clark.He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. He is also remembered, for reasons that are not at all obvious, in the Roll of Honour of St Bee’s School in Cumberland.For his service he was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.His service record survives and can be found at the National Archives in Kew..