How the world’s first record courier survived the apocalypse
By ROBERT LEEBERERThe world’s last surviving record courier who made his living as a courier in the aftermath of the Great War has died.
Robinson was a young courier for the British Royal Mail who was stationed in the Middle East during World War Two.
He was part of a group of three British men who made the perilous journey across the deserts of Iraq in 1943 to the border with Iran.
Robinsons job was to deliver telegrams to the British Prime Minister and to deliver them to British Army units stationed at the border.
He was stationed with the 9th Division and was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1946.
Rob’s son David was among those who helped him escape the Nazis and returned to the UK, where he died in 2009.
He would have been devastated if he was not there for me.””
He was the first person to have a job for me and that was the only reason I even tried to get a job with him.”
He would have been devastated if he was not there for me.
“The group of British and American soldiers was sent to Iran to deliver messages between the two countries, but were forced to leave their posts and returned home.
Robinons son David said: ‘Rob was a brilliant courier who was the last of the three British soldiers who made it across to the borders.”
Rob was part and parcel of what was a fantastic team.
“The whole thing was quite a spectacular story and the only thing I could ever think of doing was to get the records out of the country.”
David and Robinson were reunited with his father in 1951.
Rob and his wife had three children – two daughters and a son.
He has two grandchildren.
David Robinson said: ”He was one of those remarkable people who made a career out of delivering telegram messages for the military.
“I have no idea how you are going to get all those messages in and I hope you never do.”
It is just one of the stories I can tell my grandchildren.
“But Rob did deliver these messages and they will always be important to me.”
My dad died in 2007 but it is hard to think about his legacy.
“They will be a part of my life forever.”
Robinson’s legacy is also a matter of public record.
He has written a book entitled The Man Who Broke the Chain, detailing his experiences of being sent telegraphing telegams and having the telegram returned to his home in the US.
The book, which is due to be published in October, will include a photo of Robinson with a note written on it, from a US Army officer who was in Iran during the war.
The man wrote: “My dear Robinson, I am writing this letter to you for the first time in my life, for the second time in our life.”
We have no right to tell you what is going on here, but we know the situation is horrible, but I hope we can give you some comfort in knowing that you are safe, that your home will be safe, and that you will be cared for.
“Our soldiers are doing all they can to get home safely.”