Robert Astley Franklin Eminson
Contributed by: Andrew Sheardown, on 2008-11-11
|First Name||Robert Astley Franklin|
|Year of Birth||1891|
|Year of Death||1916|
|Regiment||King's Royal Rifle Corps|
|Place of Wartime Residence||Scotter, Lincolnshire|
Robert Astley Franklin's Story
2nd Lieutenant Harry Holmes, a fellow machine gunner in the 2nd Battalion, sent his account of the incident to Doctor Franklin Eminson in Scotter:
We will never forget the heroic way he gave his life to save another...
"There were a good many casualties and on the following morning your son observed a wounded man lying outside the trench, unable to get in by himself. He at once crawled out to him but found there would be some difficulty in getting him through the wire. It was after going out for the third time to reconnoitre a way in through the wire that the enemy machine gun caught him. The Battalion doctor went out to see if he could do anything, but your son was already dead.
He has been recommended for the VC, both by the C.O. of this Company, and by the C.O. of the Battalion in question, but I am very much afraid that owing to the circumstances of the case, his very fine act will not meet with the recognition it deserved. I think however the best tribute which I can pay him, and his end, is to tell you what a corporal who witnessed the incident said to me 'Well Sir' he said 'no man could die better' ."
Henry Tillett, his batman, felt the same way. On 24th July he wrote to Robert EminsonÃ¢ÂÂs mother:
"I was his servant and I cannot express in writing how very, very sorry I am and the rest of the men in losing such a good Officer... We will never forget the heroic way he gave his life to save another... and my comrades hope you will not take it to heart, but bear up in the knowledge that he was an Hero, a soldier and a man."