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Commemoration of William Leefe Robinson

Pebbles painted with red poppy (Papaver rhoeas) motifs placed on the grave of Captain William Leefe Robinson (1895-1918) in All Saints Churchyard Extension, Harrow Weald, London Borough of Harrow.

In 1916 Robinson was the first British pilot to shoot down a German airship during the First World War, becoming ‘a national celebrity overnight’ and a recipient of the Victoria Cross.  He survived the War, but in December 1918 succumbed to the Spanish flu, while at his sister’s home in Stanmore.

The grave was also decorated with three poppy wreaths, several poppy crosses, and a sprig of rosemary with a red ribbon tied round it; all presumably placed there or Armistice Day or Remembrance Sunday.

Photographed 20 November 2020.

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