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Memorial details

Memorial type
Obelisk
District
Welwyn Hatfield
Town
Cuffley
County
Hertfordshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), VC or GC Recipients
Maker
THE DAILY EXPRESS
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 9 June1921
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Rededicated
    Date: 3 September 1986
    Attended by: AVM M J Stear CBE, MA
  • Dedicated
    Date: 9 June1921
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
1128
Current location

East Ridgeway
Cuffley
Welwyn Hatfield
Hertfordshire
EN6 4AW
England

OS Grid Ref: TL 30085 03015
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Obelisk set on a tapering plinth, a base and paved area. There is a cast wreath at the base of the obelisk and a plaque with an RFC wings and swags.
Inscription
(Front face)ERECTED BY READERS OF/ "THE DAILY EXPRESS" TO THE MEMORY OF CAPTAIN WILLIAM LEEFE ROBINSON VC,/ WORCS. REGT AND R.F.C. WHO ON SEPTEMBER 3 1916/ ABOVE THIS SPOT BROUGHT DOWN/ SL11, THE FIRST GERMAN AIRSHIP/ DESTROYED ON BRITISH SOIL./ THE SITE OF THIS MONUMENT WAS PRESENTED TO THE PUBLIC/ BY MRS J.M.B. KIDSTON, OF NYM PARK, NORTHAW. (Right face) CAPTAIN ROBINSON DIED AT STANMORE/ ON DECEMBER 31, 1918/ SEVENTEEN DAYS AFTER HIS RETURN / FROM CAPTIVITY IN GERMANY/ HE WAS TAKEN PRISONER IN APRIL 1917 (Left face)THE AWARD OF THE VICTORIA CROSS/ TO CAPTAIN ROBINSON WAS THUS ANNOUNCED/ IN THE LONDON GAZETTE OF SEPTEMBER 5, 1916/" FOR MOST CONSPICUOUS BRAVERY"/ HE ATTACKED AN ENEMY AIRSHIP/ UNDER CIRCUMSTANCES OF GREAT DIFFICULTY/ AND DANGER, AND SENT IT CRASHING/ TO THE GROUND AS A FLAMING WRECK./ HE HAD BEEN IN THE AIR FOR MORE/ THAN TWO HOURS, AND HAD PREVIOUSLY/ ATTACKED ANOTHER AIRSHIP DURING HIS FLIGHT"
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Robinson, William Leefe
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Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname,rank,year died,regiment,place of death,forename,place of burial,manner of death,age of death,additional,decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
  • VC or GC Recipients
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Surname,rank,year died,regiment,place of death,forename,place of burial,manner of death,age of death,additional,decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: height 5100mm
    Materials: Granite - Cornish
Listing information
  • Captain William Leefe Robinson VC memorial obelisk
  • Grade II
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
History
Dec. 2207- Mar. 2008 memorial was relevelled as it was sinking towards one corner: Restoration work completed. Fully restored on the 70th Anniversary of Leefe Robinson's feat in 1986 . 1966 the correct identification of the airship as SL11 was substituted for Z21
Costs

Site: Donated

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Corporate
Responsibility
Northaw Parish Council
Reference

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