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Fred Robbins' name appears on the Romiley War Memorial. As at October 2006, it has not been possible to positively identify him, although there are several pieces of information which, taken together, suggest a man.

The 1901 Census records an 8 year called Fred, who had been born in Woodley. He was living with his parents, Joe and Sarah, at 14 Bankfield Road, Bredbury. He had a number of siblings - James (then 15), Ernest (11), William (3) and George (9 months).

Amongst the various servicemen of this name recorded by the War Graves Commission, one has a fairly local connection as he lived in Hyde at the time he enlisted into the army at Manchester. This a Private F Robbins, 17207, who died of wounds he'd received on 3 July 1916. Robbins had been born in 1892 so could be the boy listed on the census. He is buried at Daours Communal Cemetery which contains burials of men who died at a nearby field hospital immediately after the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July.

The identification of Fred Robbins must remain speculation unless further information comes to light.

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