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    The Hero Airman - Victoria Cross flying ace Lieutenant WL Robinson receives presentation gift from children cottage homes at Romford, Essex - 1916.

    Opens with shot looking down a long line of little girls; all in white pinafores; black stockings; all waving handkerchiefs in excitement; a woman teacher type walks up the row; and a little dog runs in the same direction. Pan along people standing outside ivy-covered building; mostly adults; with one little girl in hat and gloves and serious look.

    CU Hero airman Robinson talking to a few other men. Quick shot of girls of all ages; from the Homes - then pan across group of the boys all cheering and waving their hats. Shot of boys' band playing; pan to their leader; a man playing trumpet while waving a baton in the other hand. Row of adults: old man at table; Robinson next to him; and other ladies and men. Shot of many small boys standing in rows; with a few adults. Robinson chats to a man. M/S of Robinson being driven off in an open car while the children wave and a small dog runs behind them

    World War One; home front. Honours; ceremonies. Orphanage; school; institution.

    G 363 A.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:06:46:00 / 01:09:19:00
    ON 022 E
    Sort Number:
    ON 022 E
  • Appears in...

    Historical Figures & Celebrities War & Revolution
    Kingfisher ON 022 WW1 Children WW1A WW1B WW1 Aerial Warfare WW1 Heroes and Medal Winners WWI Early Military Planes Blow by Blow lincoln museum
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    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

Comments (3)

  1. jamied says

    "Lieutenant WL Robinson is (William) Leefe Robinson VC.

    Robinson won his Victoria Cross after becoming the first British pilot to shot down a German airship. Details of the action for which he was awarded the medal can be found here...

    In 1917 he was captured by the Germans - although he survived the war, he sadly died on 31 December 1918 of Spanish Flu.

    LEEFE ROBINSON ALSO FEATURES IN CLIPS 236.13, 1866.34 AND 2478.08.

  2. kt4ubp says

    You can read about the Cottage Homes on my web site:

  3. Bernard Howard says

    Presented with a silver inkstand by children of Cottage Homes at Hornchurch.

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