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Frank Wright Robinson

Frank Robinson was born on 11 July 1894 and enrolled at the School on 15 January 1906.

Frank won the inaugural Chaloner Prize for the British Empire Essay in 1907 and 2 years later won the prize again as a Senior. In 1910, Frank was awarded a £50 County Scholarship to study at Liverpool University. Frank returned to the School in 1912 to take part in the Sports Day on July 24th, taking first place in the Old Boys’ Race. 

During World War I, Frank served as a Lieutenant in the Manchester Regiment and on April 22nd 1917 was awarded the Military Cross which is granted in recognition of “an act or acts of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy on land”. Frank’s citation read “for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He organised an attack on an enemy strong point and succeeded in capturing the strong point, together with 22 prisoners. He set a fine example to his men.”

Frank was killed in command of his Company on May 13th 1917, aged 22, during the fighting around Arras.

He is commemorated on The Arras Memorial which records the names of almost 35,000 servicemen who died in the Arras sector between Spring 1916 and August 1918 and have no known grave.

His name is also recorded on the Grammar School’s War Honours Board — alongside the names of all of the Grammar School’s alumni to die in the First and Second World Wars.

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