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Forename(s): Edgar

Place of Birth: Austwick, Yorkshire

Service No: 33671

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 'B' Coy 8th (Service) Battalion

Division: 23rd Division

Age: 19

Date of Death: 1917-07-17

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Sp. Mem. B. 2.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Edgar Robinson was the son of Joseph and Margaret Jane Robinson, née Wallbank. Joseph was born at Middlesber, Austwick and Margaret at High Grain, Lawkland, Yorkshire. Edgar’s brother, Thomas, who also served in the Great War, was awarded the Military Medal and Bar whilst serving with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Edgar and Thomas were the cousins of Private Edwin Clapham (63896) (q.v.).

1901 Austwick, Yorkshire Census: Edgar Robinson, aged 3 years, born Austwick, son of Joseph and Margaret Jane Robinson.

1911 Austwick, Yorkshire Census: Edgar Robinson, aged 13 years, born Austwick, son of Joseph and Margaret Jane Robinson.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Edgar Robinson, 33079, 9th T.R.B. [Training Reserve Battalion]; 33671, York. R. Dead.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Edgar Robinson, 33671, 8/York. R. Dead.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Edgar Robinson, 33671, 9th [sic] Bn Yorks. Date and Place of Death: 17.7.17. In action France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Joseph. £5 12s. 3d.

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

ROBINSON, Edgar, aged 19, Yorkshire Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Robinson, [Austwick], killed in action in France, July 1917.


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Private Edgar ROBINSON

Private Edgar ROBINSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 23rd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 23rd Division

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Forename(s): Edgar

Born: Austick, Lancaster

Residence: Austick

Enlisted: Settle, Yorkshire

Number: 33671

Rank: Private

Regiment: Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 8th Battalion


Died Date: 17/07/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Forename(s): E

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 33671

Rank: Private

Regiment: Yorkshire Regiment

Unit: 8th Bn.

Age: 19


Died Date: 17/07/1917

Additional Information: Son of Joseph and Margaret Robinson, of Bridge House, Austwick, Lancaster. (CWGC Headstone Inscription: THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT)

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


ROBINSON Joseph of Bridge House Austwick Lancaster died 24 April 1936 Administration (with Will) Wakefield 2 April to Margaret Jane Robinson widow. Effects £8812 11s. 5d.


ROBINSON Margaret Jane of Bridge End House Austwick Yorkshire widow died 15 February 1941 at Wenning Side Clapham Yorkshire Probate Wakefield 1 October to Richard Turner auctioneer and Thomas Parker farmer. Effects £8271 13s.7d.


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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

30 March 1917


The following have been home on leave:–Pte. E. Robinson, South Staffordshire Regiment, T.R.; Pte. J.W. Kirkbright, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment; and Pte. F. Booth, Coldstream Guards.

08 June 1917


Pte. C. [sic] Robinson, South Staffordshire Regiment (T.R.) and Pte. J. Robinson, A.S.C. are home on final leave.

10 August 1917

ROBINSON – Killed in action in France, July 1917, Private Edgar Robinson, Yorkshire Regiment, third son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Robinson, Austwick, aged 19 years.

10 August 1917


Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Robinson received notification on Thursday morning last week of the death in action of their third son, Pte. E. Robinson, Yorkshire Regiment. Pte. E. Robinson was 19 years of age, and was called to the Colours in January last. He was in training five months, and was drafted to France on June 11th 1917. He was an old scholar of Austwick Church School and Bentham Grammar School. Prior to being called up he was employed by his father on farm work. He was of a quiet disposition and highly esteemed by all who knew him, and his death came as a great shock to the people of the district. He has another brother in France, Pte. Tom Robinson, who has been wounded twice. Everybody in the Parish sympathises with Mr. and Mrs. Robinson in their sad loss. The following is part of the letter announcing his death:–

July 25th 1917.

“Dear Friends, – Just a line to say that your son Edgar has been killed in action. He was only about two yards off myself and his other mate when he was killed, and I was the only one left out of eight of us working together. He was killed about one o’clock, his death being instantaneous: we buried him at three on Friday morning. He has done his duty as a soldier. Respects and sympathy. Pte. F. Woods, ‘B’ Company, Yorkshire Regiment.”

A memorial service for the deceased soldier will be held in the Epiphany Church on Sunday afternoon at three p.m.

17 August 1917


We reproduce a photograph of the late Private Edgar Robinson, of the Yorkshire Regiment, third son of Mr. and Mrs. Robinson, of Austwick, who, as recorded in last week’s ‘Herald’, was killed in action last month while serving with the Colours on the Western Front.

17 August 1917

AUSTWICK – Memorial Service

A memorial service was held in the Epiphany Church on Sunday afternoon in memory of Pte. Edgar Robinson, Yorkshire Regiment, son of Mr. J. Robinson, who was killed in action on July 20th. The Church was crowded with people who showed how highly esteemed and respected the deceased soldier was in the district. An impressive service, conducted by the Rev. A.C. Sutcliffe (vicar), was opened by Mr. R. Stockdale B.A. (Leeds) playing ‘O Rest in the Lord’. Special lessons were read, and prayers offered for the deceased soldier. Part of the Burial Service was also read and suitable hymns sung very feelingly by the choir and congregation. A touching and appropriate sermon was preached by the Rev. A.C. Sutcliffe, who took for his text, ‘I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me’. He made several references to Edgar Robinson, whose life had been cut short just in its prime, remarking:– “Edgar Robinson was a typical farmer, and a shrewd and keen business lad.”

The Vicar spoke words full of hope and comfort to the bereaved, and offered the sympathies of the congregation and himself to Mr. and Mrs. Robinson and family in their sad loss of so brave a lad. At the close of the service the Dead March in ‘Saul’ was played, the congregation meanwhile standing.


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