REMEMBERED: Heather Yates holds the portrait of Corporal Sam Robinson. In Sam Robinson’s final letter home to his friends and loved ones, the young soldier made a point of saying goodbye.
Titled Sometime in July and Some Place in France, the letter revealed the true horror of war and an obvious fear for the young Millers Forest man’s life.
On July 23, 1916, Lance Corporal Robinson, aged 26, was wounded then hit by three artillery shells in rapid succession.
His body was never found but one woman is determined his memory will live on.
The orphan was taken in by Heather Yates’ grandmother.
“Sam was an orphan who my grandmother took on and back then, in the 1900s, they were called state boys,” Mrs Yates, 75, of Ashtonfield, said.
“We wouldn’t be who we are without Sam because he left my grandmother his life insurance policy, so when he died she put a deposit on a dairy farm now known as Rathluba Ridge.
“And it upsets me every time I think about it.”
Mrs Yates will hand over her tribute to Sam to the Raymond Terrace Historical Society today.
“I have been wondering where this information will go when I’m gone, so handing this over will be my salvation,” she said.
“I’m just so happy to think that all of this information is not going to be lost and it will go somewhere where people will see it and his story will be remembered.”
Sam Robinson was born at Ingleburn in February 1890 to Hannah Robinson.
His father was not named on the birth certificate.
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