Collier Row couple who met during the Second World War celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary

PUBLISHED: 15:00 27 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:47 27 September 2018

Sam and Dorothy Robinson who are celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary.

Sam and Dorothy Robinson who are celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary.


A Collier Row war veteran was stationed in Billericay during the Second World War when he met the love of his life.

Dorothy and Sam Robinson from Saint John’s Road were married at St. Andrew’s church in Hornchurch in 1943.

Sam was a member of the Chindits group during the Second World War and he was stationed in Burma. An error meant his troupe’s food was air dropped into enemy territory, and he ended up back in the UK, needing treatment for malnutrition.

“My mum was training to be a nurse at Billericay Hospital and they actually met at a local dance,” said daughter, Kathleen Sanders.

“They ended up getting married a weekend earlier then they planned, so [my dad] had to go back to the war the weekend of their wedding. They’ve always been very close.”

The couple, both aged 96 have four children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

They celebrated their anniversary on September 19th and plan to have another celebration with all of their family members in October.

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