1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance
The BBC is marking the 90th anniversary of the end of WWI. The story of Arthur Robinson from Hetton-le-Hole is an example of many others being shared as part of a collection of programmes, events and interactive websites.
I regret to have to inform you that your son 2nd Lt. C.H. Robinson of this Squadron has been missing since the 25th inst. He set out on a photographic reconnaissance on the morning of that date and we've had no word of him since. So we are forced to conclude that he must be over the other side of the lines. We can only hope that it was a case of engine failure, and that at the worst he is a prisoner.
His kit will be packed and sent you by Cox & Co.
Hoping you hear good news very shortly,
I remain yours sincerely,
R.O. 55 Sq."
Courtesy of BFI National Archive
The fact that the Royal Flying Corps appear to have made a mistake with Arthur's initials would no doubt have added to his parents' distress.
This was not an uncommon error; some families were even told their son had died, only for him to return home after the war.
Arthur James Robinson, from Hetton-le-Hole in County Durham, had joined the Royal Flying Corps as a motorcycle despatch rider in 1915 and then trained as a pilot and officer before going to Chaumes in France with 55 Squadron.
He took part in many raids into German territory and it was during one of these, in late September 1918, that he was killed.
His is one of many personal stories of individuals who served in World War I which the BBC is highlighting to mark the 90th anniversary of Armistice.
Its Remembrance campaign aims to assist people in finding out more about how their family was involved in the war and is offering the chance to have some personal WWI memories and memorabilia, such as photos, put on an online Remembrance Wall.
Find out more on the BBC Remembrance website:
last updated: 10/11/2008 at 12:03