Robinson, Wilfred John (Private)

Place Asia: Russia, North Russia
Accession Number 3DRL/7086
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 4 items
Object type Letters
Location Main Bld: Research Centre
Maker Robinson, Wilfred John
Date made c.1919; 1979
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 749/001/021
Conflict Period 1920-1929
North Russia, 1919
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Collection relating to the First World War Service of 61464 Lance Corporal Wilfred John Robinson, 13 General Service Reinforcements and the North Russia Intervention service service of 133038 Private Wilfred John Robinson, 45 Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, North Russia Relief Force, Russia, Australia, c.1919 and 1979.

Wallet 1 of 1 – This wallet contains three postcards and two copies of a letter. The letter is from Wilfred John Robinson to P M Ryan, Acting Director, Australian War Memorial, 1979. In the letter, Robinson describes his service in the Australian Imperial Force and then volunteering for the Russian Intervention Force. He volunteered for the Russian Intervention Force and joined the British 45 Battalion, Royal Fusiliers along with Privates J Peder and H Redmond. The letter summarises Robinson's service in Russia, including the action during which Sergeant Samuel George Pearse VC was killed. Private Robinson was wounded in action in Russia. A wallet containing the New Testament and other papers took much of the force of the bullet which injured him. The wallet also includes a copy of this letter.

The three postcard images, c.1919 are as follows:

Private Wilfred John Robinson and 133035 Private E Gaffey, in the grounds of Netley Military Hospital, Southampton;
Private Joe Purdue wearing his Distinguished Conduct Medal; and
Private Joe Purdue being awarded his Distinguished Conduct Medal, on the steps of Netley Military Hospital, Southampton.