Corporal William Robson

Corporal William Robson, ” W ” Coy., 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in France on 3rd May 1917, aged 27, during the Battle of Arras and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. He was the son of Isaac and Kezia Robson of The Retired Railwaymen’s Cottages, Spittal and the husband of Mary Isabella Robson of 6 Palace Green, Berwick. He fell in the attack on the German positions near Monchy-le-Preux. The attack failed with heavy casualties. 2 Officers and 43 Other Ranks were killed and 5 Officers and 133 Other Ranks wounded. The illustration is an artist’s impression of the fierce fighting at Monchy. The photo shows British troops accompanied by a tank in the street of a captured village near Arras.

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