George Robins was the only son of William and Jesse Robins, who in 1901 were living in a four-roomed cottage on Bulliardís Hill (Coopers Hill) in Winkleigh. George had four sisters, all younger and ranging from 14 to 6 years old. William was a stone mason and George at first followed his fatherís trade, but in 1909 and aged 25 he decided to leave home and join the Coldstream Guards as a regular soldier.
Sadly, Georgeís military documents did not survive the London blitz in 1940, but we do have two medal cards which give some indication of his military history. By 1914 he would certainly have been serving in either the first or second battalion: it is unfortunate that a search in the military census of 1911 does not reveal his name or unit.
16 July 2011