• Short Summary

    Flying ace Lt. Robinson receives a gift from the children at Cottage Homes in Romford.

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    The Hero Airman - Victoria Cross flying ace Lieutenant WL Robinson receives presentation gift from children cottage homes at Romford, Essex - 1916.

    Opens with shot looking down a long line of little girls; all in white pinafores; black stockings; all waving handkerchiefs in excitement; a woman teacher type walks up the row; and a little dog runs in the same direction. Pan along people standing outside ivy-covered building; mostly adults; with one little girl in hat and gloves and serious look.

    CU Hero airman Robinson talking to a few other men. Quick shot of girls of all ages; from the Homes - then pan across group of the boys all cheering and waving their hats. Shot of boys' band playing; pan to their leader; a man playing trumpet while waving a baton in the other hand. Row of adults: old man at table; Robinson next to him; and other ladies and men. Shot of many small boys standing in rows; with a few adults. Robinson chats to a man. M/S of Robinson being driven off in an open car while the children wave and a small dog runs behind them

    World War One; home front. Honours; ceremonies. Orphanage; school; institution.

    G 363 A.

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    HD at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:06:46:00 / 01:09:19:00
    ON 022 E

Comments (3)

  1. Unknown user says

    "Lieutenant WL Robinson is (William) Leefe Robinson VC.

    Robinson won his Victoria Cross after becoming the first British pilot to shot down a German airship. Details of the action for which he was awarded the medal can be found here...


    In 1917 he was captured by the Germans - although he survived the war, he sadly died on 31 December 1918 of Spanish Flu.

    LEEFE ROBINSON ALSO FEATURES IN CLIPS 236.13, 1866.34 AND 2478.08.

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  2. Unknown user says

    You can read about the Cottage Homes on my web site: http://www.katyc112.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/index.htm

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  3. Bernard Howard says

    Presented with a silver inkstand by children of Cottage Homes at Hornchurch.

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