Friday, August 01, 2014

TOP STORY >> Area soldier died in World War I

Cabot Museum of American History

The Criswell/Robinson American Legion Post 71 in Cabot is named in part in honor of Ross Hardie Robinson, who was killed in action in World War I.

Robinson was born in Lonoke County on July 3, 1891.

By the time he entered the service on Sept. 26, 1917, he was living in Little Rock and was a salesman for the Farmer Grain Company.

His draft registration papers described him as tall and slender with black hair and blue eyes.

Robinson saw service on Europe’s Western Front as a corporal in Company B, 608th Engineers American Expeditionary Force.

He died on Dec. 15, 1918, at Chaumont, France. Robinson was one of the thousands of American soldiers whose remains were not immediately returned to the United States.

Almost three years after his death, he was finally laid to rest on June 14, 1921, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery just off Hwy. 89 south of Cabot.

If you have photos, letters, diaries or other items you would like to share, call Mike Polston at 501-286-9665 or Sherryl Miller at 501-676-6750.