Despite being included on the memorial roll call in 1920 his name was never included on the newly unveiled First World War Memorial.
For nearly a century, Second Corporal Reginald F.B. Robbins’s name had been forgotten. Now, thanks to the hard work of local amateur historian Craig Fisher and the support of Test Valley Borough Council, he will be remembered once more alongside his comrades.
He was born in Sussex, but moved to Andover with his father when he was in his late teens. Conscripted in 1916 and joining the Royal Engineers in 1917, Reginald served in France and in Egypt before sadly dying of Spanish flu in 1920. His body was returned to Andover and he is buried in St Mary’s church yard.
Reginald’s name has now been inscribed on the memorial and he will be honoured in a re-dedication ceremony to be held at St Mary’s Church at 3.00pm on Saturday, 7th February, the 95th anniversary of his death.
The service will reflect the original dedication held in 1920 and will be hosted by the Reverend John Harkin and the Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Jan Lovell. Reginald’s newly inscribed name will be unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson, Esq. Also attending the ceremony will be some of Reginald’s surviving relatives.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Carr, said: “It is particularly poignant that we will remember Reginald’s sacrifice on the anniversary of his death, and only right that the Council has helped to ensure that his name takes its correct place on the memorial.”
“The borough of Test Valley has a long association with the military, and we value the cultural, economic and community benefits that this brings to the area, both today and in generations past.”