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Robinson James Henry L/Cpl, KIA 10/8/1915.

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Category: Roll of Honour of the Fallen - Gallipoli Campaign
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Topic: Robinson James Henry L/Cpl, KIA 10/8/1915.
Posted By: Mal Murray
Subject: Robinson James Henry L/Cpl, KIA 10/8/1915.
Date Posted: 28 Nov 2011 at 16:22
The following is the information that I have researched regarding Lance Corporal Robinson. Information marked with an asterisk (*) is information over an above that supplied by the CWGC.
His CWGC page may be viewed here; -

ROBINSON, James Henry Lance Corporal 10677 "C" Coy 6th Bn Royal Irish Rifles

Born: Shankill, Belfast *Resided: Chichester Street, North Belfast Enlisted: Belfast (18/8/1914).

Age: 17 Date of Death: 10/08/1915 Cause: Killed in action.

Military Service: Appointed as “Unpaid Lance Cpl on 12/2/15” and promoted “Lance Cpl Paid 8/4/15”.

Family Notes: Son of, William John and Sarah Robinson, of the Chief Fire Station, 82 Chichester Street, North Belfast, Co Antrim.

Religion: Church of Ireland. Trade/profession: Apprentice plater at Workman, Clark’s, Belfast.


Mrs. Robinson, who resides at the Headquarters, Belfast Fire Brigade, Chichester Street, has been advised that her son Lance Corporal James H. Robinson, 6th Batt. Irish Rifles, was killed in action at the Dardanelles last month. Deceased who was an apprentice plater at Workman, Clark’s, enlisted 12 months ago, ago and was stationed at Dublin for some time. He was a member of the South Belfast Regiment U.V.F., and two other brothers are serving with the Ulster Division. Their father, late Engineer Robinson, is now a Sergeant in the R.A.M.C. (Ulster Division).

                                                                       The Belfast Evening Telegraph, 4 September 1915.


ROBINSON- Killed in action, 1915, at Gallipoli, Lance Corporal James Henry (Harry) Robinson, 6th Batt. R.I.R., second son of W.J. Robinson, recently Engineer, Belfast Fire Brigade, now Sergeant, 106th Coy, R.A.M.C.. Ulster Division, Seaforth.

At rest – all battles o’er,

The weary marching done;

Brave to the last, to his God he passed;

And the victor’s crown has won.

Deeply regretted by his sorrowing parents, W. J. and Sarah Robinson.

                                                                       The Belfast Evening Telegraph, 6 September 1915.


Other notes: Lance Corporal Robinson’s Medal Index card shows him as entering the Gallipoli Theatre of Operations on 10/7/1915.

Will notes: Lance Corporal Robinson in his will (dated 4/4/15) bequeathed all his personal effects to his mother, “Mrs Sarah Johnston Robinson, Central Fire Station, Chichester Street, Belfast, Ireland”.

Census Notes: The 1911 Census shows James (aged 13) residing with his parents, William Jno. (aged 41) and Sarah (aged 40) at, No. 82 Chichester Street, St. Anne's Ward, Antrim; also present were their children, William J. H. (aged 14), Alexander (aged 11), Sarah J. (aged 9), Ellen L. I. F. (aged 8), Joseph L. (aged 7), Claude H. (aged 5), Robert W. (aged 4), Hiram S. (aged 3), Mary A. (aged 1) and  Fredrick W. (aged 1); his parents stated that during their marriage they had twelve children, eleven of whom were alive at the time of the Census.

Special Notes: Lance Corporal Robinson is listed on the IWM records, Soldiers Died (Part 67), his Medal Index Card and his will records with his date of death shown as “11/8/1915”; the CWGC show the date as “10/8/15”.

Grave/Memorial: Panel 177 and 178. Helles Memorial.

IWM Records Page No: Volume VII, Page 249.

Posted By: Ball Boy
Date Posted: 20 Jan 2013 at 18:32

Thanks for the post about Harry Robinson. He was my grandmother's brother.

Perhaps I can add a few details.

Harry volunteered aged 16. On the form he says he is 19 and a labourer from the Shankill area of Belfast. He was none of these.

The Belfast Telegraph item mentions Workman and Clark where he was apprenticed. This was Belfast's second-biggest shipyard - known as the "wee yard".

Harry's name is on the Workman and Clark memorial on the wall of the pumphouse at the Titanic dry-dock.

I'm told he is also the youngest soldier commemorated at Belfast City Cemetery, on the family headstone.

My mother has a letter Harry sent to his mother from the Curragh camp where he says "don't tell anyone I am here".

The War Office burnt records have a letter from Harry's uncle pleading for any information on his whereabouts sent in August 1915.

From my reading of Philip Orr's 'Field of Bones' I presume that Harry died in the catastrophic Turkish counter-attack at Chunuk Bair on 10 August.

I knew most of Harry's siblings as elderly aunts and uncles when I was a child. Sad to think that he would probably have been at those family Christmas parties if he had not gone to Gallipoli.

Robin Sheeran

Posted By: Mal Murray
Date Posted: 20 Jan 2013 at 19:03

Many thanks for this extra information. I will add it to my records. If I come across any further information u will pass it on to you.


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