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William Laurance 'Larry' Robinson (1909-1953)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Vancouver Daily Province, July 6, 1945:

Capt. W. L. Robinson becomes M.B.E., 1945     Captain William Laurance Robinson, whose wife, Mrs. Agnes A. Robinson, lives at 1373 Twenty-fourth, Hollyburn.
    Capt. Robinson, who has been serving overseas with the Canadian Intelligence Corps and went overseas with the Seaforths in December, 1939, was born in London, Eng. May 22, 1909. Former bank teller with the Davie and Granville branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia, he enlisted in September, 1939, and was promoted to company sergeant-major before receiving his commission in December, 1942. He came to Vancouver in 1937.
    He attained his present rank in June, 1944. He is the son of Mrs. Gertrude Robinson, 2155 West First.

The Vancouver Daily Province, September 10, 1945: Capt. W. L. Robinson, M.B.E., of the Seaforths, Vancouver, went through much of the campaign with his unit, then was engaged in counter espionage intelligence work.
    In Germany and Holland he had worked in and out of uniform, eliminating pockets of the Nazi Gestapo that remained after the Allied occupation. The Dutch underground had been particularly co-operative, he said.

    On May 30, 1947, Capt. W. L. Robinson, MBE, was listed among 110 army and ex-army recipients of awards which were going to be invested at a ceremony to be held by Lieutenant-Governor Charles A. Banks, CMG, at Government House in Victoria, on July 1st. At the time, Capt. Robinson was still living at 1373 Twenty-fourth, Hollyburn.

The Whitehorse Star - Friday, May 1, 1953

Headline: Larry Robinson Dies, 1953

    Larry (Robbie) Robinson, accountant for Marwell Construction Company, Limited, collapsed and died suddenly of a heart attack in his home Thursday evening 5:30 p.m.

    Artificial respiration was administered by a neighbor but to no avail. Dr. Morrow attended the stricken man.

The Whitehorse Star - Friday, May 8, 1953

Headline: Large Attendance Robinson Funeral, 1953

    One of the largest funerals in Whitehorse was held last Tuesday for W. L. (Larry) Robinson, Captain, M.B.E., who died suddenly April 30.

    Larry left to mourn him, his wife, Agnes (Nan) and a daughter Nancy (Kit). His mother resides in Vancouver.