A Three-Bar Queens South Africa Medal to Major C.L. Robinson, Lancashire Fusiliers, who was later killed in the Great War as a Lieutenant-Colonel

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Queens South Africa Medal, three clasps, Cape Colony, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 to Major C.L. Robinson, Lancashire Fusiliers. Charles Lawson Robinson was the son of Robert Robinson, of Howlish Hall, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, and served in South Africa during the Boer War on operations in the Cape Colony and Transvaal during 1900 and 1901. It is likely that Robinson came out to South Africa and joined the 2nd Battalion as a replacement for the large number of casualties suffered by the Battalion at Spion Kop during the relief of Ladysmith on 23rd February 1900. The 2nd Battalion was decimated but nevertheless made it's name in this action. When General Buller moved into the Transvaal the Vth Division remained about the railway, and then operated in the south-east of that country, the Utrecht-Vryheid district, and frequently saw tough fighting. The Mounted Infantry of the Lancashire Fusiliers formed part of the garrison of Vryheid when that town was attacked on 10th-11th December 1900. After very severe fighting the enemy was driven off with a loss of 100 killed and wounded. The men of the battalion had about 10 casualties. At Fort Itala on 26th September 1901 the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers were represented in the little force which made one of the finest stands recorded in the campaign. One man of the battalion was killed and 5 wounded. In January 1901 the battalion entrained at Dundee for the Pretoria district. On arriving about Elandsfontein five companies were put into the column of Colonel Allenby, and three companies, under Major Tidswell, into the column of Colonel E C Knox; these columns being two of those then commencing the great sweep under General French to the Piet Retief district. In the beginning of May the battalion got together again at Middelburg and relieved the 2nd Berkshire Regiment on the railway line. Headquarters were at Wonderfontein. The battalion remained in the Eastern Transvaal till peace was declared. Robinson's Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902 with three clasps for Cape Colony, the Transvaal, and South Africa 1901 was issued at Aldershot on 15th July 1903, and sent to him at the Regimental Depot. Robinson had retired as an Honorary Colonel with the Special Reserve by the outbreak of the Great War, and was recalled for service as a Lieutenant Colonel, and saw service with the 1st Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment in France from 15th February 1915 being then killed in action at Ypres on 8th May 1915 when aged 45. Having no known grave he is commemorated by name on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial. Nearly extremely fine