It was lovely to meet relatives of Lance Sgt Henry (Harry) Robinson. We hold a number of objects relating to Harry, who served with the regiment between 1930 and 1944. His archive was donated by his daughter, Margaret, in 2015.
Harry was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for action while leading a recce patrol to estimate the strength and exact location of a German position north of Minturno, Italy in February 1944.
During the patrol a hand grenade burst in front of him severely wounding him in the face and eyes. Undeterred by the intense pain, Robinson sent one man back to give immediate information to the company commander.
It took Harry 15 hours to reach his unit lines and by this time he was completely blind. He recovered from his wounds, although he permanently lost the sight in one eye. The wounds affected him for the rest of his life and he was constantly in and out of hospital to remove shrapnel.
It’s our pleasure to be able to look after Robinson’s archive which includes his medals, photographs, archive including the original citation for the DCM and an embroidery of the regimental colours.
Families often choose to entrust us with the safe keeping of their precious family history.
The museum plays a vital role in keeping the history of an individual’s life with the regiment together in one place.
If you have a collection of family memorabilia relating to a Green Howards soldier and are wondering how to care for it in the future, why not discuss it with us.