“Robbie” was born on Low Road, Clowne on the 4th January 1928 and belonged to a family of seven brothers and one sister. At the age of 12 he became an army Cadet, he worked at Oxcroft and Creswell pits but at the age of 17 enlisted for the British army in 1945. At the age of 19 he was promoted to Sergeant Instructor (APTI) and posted to Egypt where he met up with another Clowne “legend” Jimmy Jarvis who had enlisted at the same time.
Robbie was demobbed from the Army and returned to civilian life and did several jobs including building site worker, gardening and fireman in the Chesterfield Fire Service but his heart was with the army and in 1950 enlisted for the Sherwood Foresters in the Regular Army!
After hearing the Australian Army was recruiting for PT Instructors Robbie discharged himself from the British Army and set sail for Australia to begin a new life.
He met his wife to be Valda Young and they were married in Gundagai on the 24th of February 1954. The following year their daughter Vicki was born and in December 1956 their son Kane was born.
Robbie's Australian army career went from strength to strength, from starting out as an APTC instructor he became a Parachute Jump Instructor and was awarded the BEM for services to the Parachute Training Wing of Australia. In 1966 he became a member of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam and in December 1967 was posted to Vietnam as a combat soldier but before he left he became an Australian Citizen.
Robbie completed multiple tours of duty in Vietnam alongside the United States units, not the least of which was the defence of Quang Tri City where his service and heroic actions were recognised with numerous awards including the U.S. Silver Star, the Vietnamese Cross of Galantry, and the Vietnamese Armed Forces Honour of Medal. He later served as an advisor with the Vietnamese Rangers and forged a reputation with fellow U.S. advisors as a tough, dependable and dedicated member of the team.
Since retiring from the Australian army, Robbie continued his association with the Ranger community as a member of the United States Army Ranger Association, Allied Forces, and travelled extensively speaking on behalf of all Rangers and lived the Ranger Creed “With deeds not Words”, Arthur “Robbie” Robinson has exemplified the true meaning of being a Ranger.
Mrs. Vicki Pilbeam (daughter) & family, Mr. Kane Robinson (son) & family, his brothers Mr. Keith Robinson & family, Mr. Clive Robinson & family, Mr. Irvine Robinson & family and all nephews and nieces “Treasure and Cherish their memories of Arthur “ Robbie” Robinson .
As, like other Military Personnel from Clowne, past and present, “Ambassadors they were and are “from Clowne” Yes!! mate, CLOWNE, DERBYSHIRE.