• Short Summary

    Airman Flight Commander Robinson; VC visits school or orphanage.

  • Description

    Hero Airman Flight Commander Robinson; VC; who destroyed first zeppelin in England; visits school or orphanage; receives gift from children.

    Location of events unknown / unclear.

    MS car driving towards camera between rows of waving children; girls on left; boys on right. Little dog runs after. CU Robinson talking to men and lady. MS talking to man; who is smoothing his hair. MS at outdoor ceremony, a young boy in uniform gives something to Robinson and shakes his hand. MS old man and lady standing next to the airman at table; watching. MS rows of small boys in sailor suit uniforms clapping. Robinson stands at table; speaking; schoolmasters seated by him clap.

    Blank frames - then part of the item is repeated.

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:33:33:00 / 01:35:10:00
    ON 046 O

Comments (5)

  1. Unknown user says

    The man featured here is (William) Leefe Robinson VC. Later in 1917 he was captured by the Germans - although he survived the war, he sadly died on 31 December 1918 of Spanish Flu.

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  2. Unknown user says

    Much of this footage also features in clip 1856.06. That clip dates the film as being from 1916, rather than 1917. Information in that clip lists the location as being Romford, Essex.

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  3. Unknown user says

    Interesting. Does anyone know for sure when and where these two clips are from?

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  4. Bernard Howard says

    Presentation to Leefe Robinson of a Silver Inkstand by Children of Cottage Homes at Hornchurch Essex in I think 1916. One of the many gifts that he received including a gold watch, silver cup, money ( with which he bought the Vauxhall car in the clip) , resulting from his award of the VC for the first shooting down of a Zeppelin.

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  5. Bernard Howard says

    The Silver Inkstand presented to Leefe Robinson in the clip, together with his Silver Cup presented by Hornchurch Council on another clip, are both now on long term display at the Purfleet Heritage Museum.

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