Lt. Arthur Claude Vyvyan-Robinson

Arthur Claude Vyvian-Robinson was born in Penarth Wales on September 8, 1880. He was the oldest of seven children and his father, Philip Augustus Vyvian-Robinson, was a Coal Merchant. His mother, Susan Kate Francis Vyvian-Robinson (ne Pring) died in June 1897, when Arthur was 16 years old, from complications resulting from the birth of his youngest brother Francis. Arthur worked as a Merchant’s Clerk and in 1911 was living in Penarth, Wales. His father died in July of that year.

On September 18, 1914 Arthur Claude Vyvian-Robinson was commissioned as a temporary Lieutenant in the 10th (Reserve) Battalion, The Prince of Wales’s Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment). He joined the 1/9th Battalion Manchester Regiment on July 2, 1915 in Gallipoli as they were going into the trenches. He was 34 years old.

He was involved in the Battle of Krithia Vineyard and came through it unscathed. However, on the evening of Sept 2nd he led a party of 14 men who were detailed to dig a trench joining the current Firing Line with the Northern Barricade. As they made their way in the dark they lost their bearings, going too far East, and were fired on by the Royal Naval Division. Lt. Vyvian-Robinson and three men were wounded and one man was reported missing. Lt. Vyvian-Robinson was evacuated to hospital on Mudros and immediately invalided back to the UK. He did not return to the 1/9th.

Lt. Arthur Claude Vyvian-Robinson died on July 14, 1960. He was 79 years old.