WW1 / WW2 Group To a Navy Officer, Served At Jutland, Killed During Blitz 1941
1914 / 15 trio MID ( S LIEUT on pair ) L G E ROBINSON RN, Defence Medal, War Medal
Fallen Officers, "The Times " list of casualties May 27th 1941
Commander Ludovick Gordon Edmund Robinson RN, killed in London by enemy action ,was the son of the late Canon Ludovick Stewart Robinson and Mrs Robinson of Great Shelford Cambridgeshire. He entered Osborne as a cadet in September 1912 and went to sea in July 1915as midshipman aboard HMS Lion Flagship of Admiral Beatty in the Grand Fleet, After promotion to sub;lieutenant in 1917 he was in the destroyer Violet until after the Armistice. He attended the course for junior officers at Cambridge University in 1919-29 and then had further destroyer service until 1923 when he joined the aircraft carrier Hermes. in 1924 he was selected to specialise as an air observer and for the next 10 years was thus employed in the carriers Argus, Furious, eagle, and Courageous and in the battle cruiser Hood. he also served for a time on the staff of the Tactical School at Portsmouth . He retired at his own request in August 1934 as a Lieut Commander
Commander Robinson was killed on the night of the 10th of May 1941 whilst serving at HMS President and is commemorated at Golders Green Cemetery
The Blitz – The Hardest Night
10/11 May 1941, 11:02pm – 05:57am
The most devastating raid on London took place on the night of 10/11 May 1941.
The moon was full and the Thames had a very low ebb tide. These two combined with a maximum effort by the Germans, before the moved east to attack the Soviet Union, to produce one of the most devastating raids on the capital.
It is impossible to provide comprehensive detail of the night’s many actions but a number of highlights might give a little idea:
571 sorties flown by German bombers – some crews flying two and even three missions.Burning buildings in Queen Victoria Street, EC4, after the last and heaviest major raid mounted on the night of 10-11 May 1941.
711 tons of high explosive bombs (167 were recorded as unexploded the next day) and 86,173 incendiaries dropped
London Fire Brigade recorded at least 2136 fires, 9 of ‘conflagration’ level, 8 ‘major’ outbreaks (rating over 30 pumps), 43 serious (up to 30 pumps), 280 medium (up to 10 pumps) and at least 1796 small.
Approx 1436 people killed and 1800 seriously injured.
The fires resulted in 700 acres of destruction – about double that of the Great Fire of London.
Final costs of damage in 1941 values – £20,000,000 – about double that of Great Fire.
Anti aircraft guns expended 4510 rounds – 2 bombers claimed destroyed
HMS Lion was heavily engaged at Jutland, she was hit a total of fourteen times and suffered 99 dead and 51 wounded during the battle. She fired 326 rounds from her main guns, but can only be credited with four hits on Lützow and one on Derfflinger. She also fired seven torpedoes, four at the German battleships, two at Derfflinger and one at the light cruiser Wiesbaden without success.
During the Battle HMS Lion suffered a serious propellant fire that could have destroyed the ship if not for the action of Royal Marine Major Francis Harvey, the turret commander, who posthumously received the Victoria Cross for ordering the magazine to be flooded. However, the fire destroyed Harvey's turret which had to be removed and rebuilt while the ship underwent repairs for several months.
Medal are generally in VF condition