A Robinson montage

Some snapshots from the Robinson family album.  The captions are in my Mums handwriting.  So there is Grace Muir Robinson (Mum), Edward Dudley Wiltshire (cousin), Elizabeth Robinson (aunt), Eva Robinson (aunt), Mary Agnes Evelyn Muir (grandmother) and  Edward Robinson (grandfather).

Robinson family montage

Robinson family montage

 

 

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My dads old school for the educationally subnormal

My dads old school. He wasn’t much for the school, was my Dad. He left as soon as he could, walked to Woodmuir Colliery on the Monday morning, got hired the same day, and got dragged home the same night by my Grandad who wisnae having that.

So he ended up working at the petrol station in West Calder, filling tanks and washing windscreens, until Herr Hitler got some ideas in his head aboot taking over the world. So it was six years in the RAF during the war for my Dad, Alexander Walker Hamilton.

I was delighted to get his RAF service records which declared him “educationally subnormal” on his induction.  The fruit disnae fa’ far fae the tree.

But this is his old school – West Calder High School

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Great Uncle Wullie – William Joseph Muir, WW1 casualty

My Great Uncle, William Muir, was working as a labourer when he enlisted in the reserves of the Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders in 1907. He must have liked it / hated his job, because he became a full-time soldier in 1911, signing up for 12 years in the Royal Scots. His Grandfather had been in the army, so maybe it was a family thing. Bad timing is everything in my family, because his experience would have had made one of the first to be sent over to fight the Germans when World War 1 broke out. And, indeed, the 19th December 1914 saw him arriving in France.

He lasted just 10 months, until October 1915, being killed in action 50 years to the day, before I was born on 12 October. He died a private in Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment), 11th Battalion in Flanders. This would have been the Third Battle of Artois, also called the Loos-Artois Offensive, where “11/Royal Scots lost direction and in correcting it ran into a deep wire entanglement, where they were caught by machine-gun fire and virtually wiped out”. You can read more here Third Battle of Artois

I doubt his posthumous medals would have been much consolation to his family. You can see his British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards below. That’s a Victory Medal, a British War Medal and a 1915 Star. The telling comment is “K in A” scrawled in the remarks section. Killed In Action.

It was a bad year for the family, as his father, my Great Grandfather had died from nephritis, less than three weeks before he was sent to France. Probably the Irish in him, that caused his kidneys to pack in. Anyway, here is William Muirs Medal Rolls Index Card.

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Here’s the extract from the roll of honour at the Scottish War Memorial.

Details

Surname MUIR
Firstname William Joseph
Service Number 10853
Date Death 12/10/1915
Decoration
Place of birth Edinburgh
Other 11th Bn.
SNWM roll THE ROYAL SCOTS (LOTHIAN REGIMENT)
Rank Pte
Theatre of death

Certificates and Extracts from the Roll of Honour