Robins, William Charles

The 1891 census records William C Robins, a 4 months old Grandson who had been born in Hawarden. They were living at Pentre, Hawarden, Mancot & Rake, in the County of Cheshire.    The head of the household was William Robins, 53 an Agricultural Labourer.  William’s wife was Anna, 55. Their  daughter was Mary A.W. Robins 23 who was single and her occupation was “At House”.  Their sons were Charles, 17 an Agricultural Labourer and George, 13 was a scholar.

In 1901, the family were living at Manor Lane, Hawarden, Cheshire. William Robins , 63 was listed as  a Cattle Man on a Farm.   The rest of the family on this census included daughter Mary Ann  Robins, 32, was single.  Son Charles, 26 was single and a Horseman on a Farm.  Son George, 23, was  single and  a Cattleman on a Farm.  There were two listed grandchildren  Wm. Charles, 10 and a 3 year old Granddaughter.   Mary Ann Robins (the mother of William Robins Snr) who was 87, a Widow and Living on her  own means, was also in the household.

I believe that Mary Ann Robins  married Richard Williams in 1903 at Wrexham in a Civil Ceremony (WM/055/42) . The 1911 census records them  living at Warren View, Broughton, Flintshire.   Richard Williams was 50 and a  ‘Drainer’. His wife of 8 years, Mary Ann Williams was 42.  Mary Ann had given birth to 3 children and were all still living. William Charles Robins 20, was a Carter.  Amy Robins who was 14  and Frederick Williams 7 were both at school.

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 accessible on confirms William Charles Robins’ regimental information as above and tells us that he was born in Hawarden, lived in Broughton,and enlisted in Rhyl. His medal card, also on ‘Ancestry’ details his medals. It tells us he was ‘Killed in Action’.

There is an index card for him in The Flintshire Roll of Honour at The County Record Office in Hawarden. Flintshire. (Card Hawarden F28 ) gives the address  ‘The Brook’, Broughton. His period of service was 4 years and the card was signed by Mary Williams on the 10th January 1920.

William Charles is mentioned in the book “Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1918  Royal Welsh Fusiliers  Volume 28”

William Charles is also remembered on the Broughton War Memorial in St. Marys’ Church in Broughton.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Hawarden Memorial

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