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John Edmund ROBINSON

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Forename(s): John Edmund

Place of Birth: Keighley, Yorkshire

Service No: 12126

Rank: Sergeant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 8th (Service) Battalion

Division: 11th (Northern) Division

Age: 24

Date of Death: 1915-08-21

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 118 to 120.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

John Edmund Robinson (born 22 September 1890) was the son of Robert Arthur and Ellen Robinson, née Binks. Robert was born at Keighley, Yorkshire and Ellen at Southwark, Surrey.

1891 Keighley, Yorkshire Census: 4, Ash Street - John E. Robinson, aged 6 months, born Keighley, son of Robert A. and Ellen Robinson.

1901 Keighley, Yorkshire Census: 100, Spencer Street - John E. Robinson, aged 10 years, born Keighley, son of Robert A. and Ellen Robinson.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Sgt John E. Robinson, 12126, W. Riding Rgt. Theatre of War first served in: 2b - Balkans. Date of entry therein: 12.7.15. D. of W. 21.8.15.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Sgt John Edmund Robinson, 12126, 8th W. Rid. R. K. in A. 21.8.15.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Sgt John Edmund Robinson, 12126, 8/W. Riding Regt. Date and Place of Death: 21.8.15. Dardanelles. In action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Robert A. £4.8s. 7d. Grantees: Mother - Mrs Ellen Robinson. Sister - Mary. £6 0s. 0d.

Photograph: ‘The Keighlian’ the School Magazine of Keighley Boys’ Grammar School. (Courtesy of Kindly supplied by the 'The Men of Worth Project' website:

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Sergeant John Edmund ROBINSON

Sergeant John Edmund ROBINSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 11th (Northern) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 11th (Northern) Division

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Forename(s): John Edmund

Born: Keighley, Yorks


Enlisted: Keighley

Number: 12126

Rank: Sergt

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 8th Battalion


Died Date: 21/08/15

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Forename(s): John Edmund

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 12126

Rank: Serjeant

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 8th Bn.

Age: 24


Died Date: 21/08/1915

Additional Information: Son of Ellen Robinson, of 25, Barlow Terrace, Keighley, and the late R. A. Robinson.

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BRITISH REGIMENTS AT GALLIPOLI, by Ray Westlake (Pen & Sword Books Limited 1996)

8th (Service) Bn. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Attack on Ismail Oglu Tepe (21st). Official History of the Gallipoli Campaign records that the Battalion, with 9th West Yorkshire, were hurried forward to capture first objective, but they swung left-handed. Ending up in position north of Hetman Chair. An attempt was then made to assault a communication trench, but this turned out to be a heavily defended fire trench. ‘The enemy’s resistance could not be overcome; and the troops fell back towards the southern slopes of Green Hill.’ War Diary records ‘high casualties.’

[John Edmund Robinson was killed in this attack.]

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


ROBINSON Robert Arthur of 25 Barlow-terrace Keighley Yorkshire died 3 May 1917 Probate London 2 July to Ellen Robinson widow and Mary Robinson spinster. Effects £1170 2s. 7d.


ROBINSON Ellen of 38 Oaklands-road Wolverhampton widow died 1 June 1952 Administration Birmingham 6 September to Robert Jowett Robinson bank manager. Effects £523 15s.2d.


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29 October 1915


Sergeant Fred Smith, of the 8th West Riding Regiment, who was formerly employed at the Silsden Dye Works, and whose home is at present in Bradford, writing to a friend at Silsden from the Dardanelles, says:– “What an age it seems since I saw you and what a host of experiences I have had since then. It is really wonderful to realise that I have come through it all and am still alive and well. We were a portion of the Army that effected a new landing at Suvla Bay about which you have no doubt heard so much. For nearly three weeks after landing it was simply one daily round of slaughter; talk about carrying fire and sword into the enemy’s country – my word, that has been the case here.

“One shudders to think how many thousands of good lads have gone to their last account within sight of where we are; but still one has no time to ponder over these things, and it is the fortune of war. Our progress since then has been rather slow; we have been consolidating our positions. We have lost most heavily during the operations, but that is not a matter for surprise. When you come to consider the difficult nature of the country, amid the terrific resistance of the Turks, you do not wonder.”

Turks not Cowards

“The Turks are not cowards by any means, and their snipers especially are very clever indeed. During the last attack in which we took part I lost a young fellow named Gill, of Silsden. I think he lived in John’s Square, near the Dye Works. I had all the addresses and next of kin of my platoon, but unfortunately have lost them or should have written to some of the relatives of my fellows who have gone under. Referring to Gill, we were advancing under fire and I was leading the platoon, and before we got the order to extend, Gill, whom I had placed in charge of the leading section, was just behind me. When we got about 1,000 yards off the enemy we extended and advanced a little later by short sharp rushes, taking what cover we could, until we were about 250 yards away. Then, on account of the terrific fire that poured into us, we sheltered behind a low ridge for a short time. When the fire had abated somewhat our Captain gave the order to advance, and the Sergeant in charge of the next platoon and myself jumped up and called to our respective platoons to advance.

“That was the signal for another terrible burst of musketry and machine gun fire from the Turks. The Sergeant on my left – Sergeant John Robinson, of Keighley – immediately fell dead with a bullet through his throat, although I did not know until an hour afterwards. A few yards further on a Captain fell badly wounded; now I was left with a couple of platoons. Anyway about half of us crossed a large open area in front and opened fire from another ridge, and I did not see Gill again, so concluded that he fell during the last rush. Whatever his fate he was a good soldier and did his duty well.

“We are now in reserve whilst being re-enforced from England, and are in dug-outs near the beach. We get shelled several times a day with varying luck. I was unlucky enough to get a bullet through the fleshy part of the back of my neck about six weeks’ ago, fortunately just missing the skull. It is now all right after five weeks’ dressing, and I discarded the bandages last week. I did not go into hospital for we were so short of N.C.O.’s, and I was able to keep to duty without much inconvenience, so you won’t have seen my name in the casualty list.

Kind Remembrance from Turks

“We were in the trenches on Chocolate Hill at the time, and I and another Sergeant were sent in charge of fifty men to a detach post at the foot of the hill. We had to occupy it for four days, and it was on the morning of the second day that I got the above ‘kind remembrance ‘ from our friends, the enemy. Sometimes I have managed to get the local papers out here, which I read with great interest I can assure you, as the letters and papers we receive are the only things which remind us of civilisation. It is an awful country this, the ground is parched and hard as rock, and everything is dried up. You don’t see any cool green grass and nice country lanes here like there are at Silsden, and we shall all appreciate the end of the war and the consequent return to dear old England.

“I never loved the old country so much as I do now, and I could positively welcome a dirty Manchester fog followed by a heavy downpour of rain as a distraction from this eternal glare of the sun. You would hardly know the majority of us now, lean, bronzed and dirty as we are. What pleasant memories of the past crop up sometimes. I remember one particular time, whilst in the firing line, we had had nothing only half rations of bully beef and hard biscuits and could not get enough water to drink, and what we could get we had to crawl in many cases half a mile and then find it muddy. When night came on and it got cooler we used to get desperately hungry, and for my part I could think of hardly anything else except the pleasant meals I used to have with you at the close of a day’s work, and the comfortable feeling that comes to one on changing into slippers, and sitting by the fire side in a cosy chair. The longing for something pleasant to eat and drink is sometimes painful. It is all part of the game though, and we must not grumble.

“Everything here seems stagnant; even the birds are quiet. Yesterday was the first time I heard a bird sing, and there is either another or the same one singing now. It is something like the English lark, only not so sweet. We have a fine view of Suvla Bay from here in which are warships of all descriptions as well as transporters and food ships. It is rather interesting also at night to see the hospital ships lit up with long rows of green lights with a red cross in the centre of all, and to see the flashes of the guns from the battleships and the answering flashes from the Turkish Artillery stationed on the hills about four miles away. In addition there are searchlights playing about and star shells lighting up the country. Sergeant Cadman, of Keighley, was wounded early in the fighting and is now convalescent at Imbros, and may join us at any time now.”


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