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Forename(s): John

Place of Birth: Paythorne, Yorkshire

Service No: 13706

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 'A' Coy 10th (Service) Battalion

Division: 23rd Division

Age: 19

Date of Death: 1915-04-09

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: North of Church.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: GISBURN, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

John Robinson was the son of George and Elizabeth Ann Robinson, née Graveson. George was born at Gisburn, Yorkshire and Elizabeth at Witherslack, Westmorland.

1901 Gisburn, Yorkshire Census: 2, Commercial Cottages - John Robinson, aged 5 years, born Paythorne, Yorkshire, son of George and Elizabeth A. Robinson.

1911 Gisburn, Yorkshire Census: Bothy Park Garden's - John Robinson, aged 15 years, born Paythorne, Yorkshire. [John was employed as a domestic gardener.]

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte John Robinson, 13706, 10th Bn West Riding Regt. Date and Place of Death: 8.4.15. Aldershot. (Pneumonia). To whom Authorised: Father: George.

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Private John ROBINSON

Private John 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: 23rd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 23rd Division

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Forename(s): John

Born: Clitheroe, Lancs

Residence: Clitheroe

Enlisted: Settle, Yorks

Number: 13706

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 10th Battalion


Died Date: 08/04/15

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: Home


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Forename(s): J

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 13706

Rank: Private

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

Unit: 10th Bn.

Age: 19


Died Date: 09/04/1915

Additional Information: Son of George and Elizabeth Robinson, of Ivy Cottage, Gisburn. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: THY WILL BE DONE)

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‘The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times’ (22 September 1939)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)



Recruits from Waddington who joined Mr. Tunstill’s Settle Company of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, were Joseph B. Hartley, Albert Herd, Harry Smith, Thomas Rigby and William Watson. Grindleton: William I. Bell, James W. Clarkson, Joshua Crossley, and William Walker. Gisburn: Anthony Lofthouse and John Robinson. Newsholme: Thomas E. Askew, Carl P. Braithwaite [Branthwaite], Benjamin A. Butler and William H. Scott.

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Unknown platoon of 'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), Aldershot, 1914

Unknown platoon of 'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), Aldershot, 1914

Photograph sent home to his parents at Bolton by Bowland by Pte Henry (Harry) Valance Killeen (13738). Henry is standing, with his hands behind his back, 11th from right. His brother, Pte Reginald Victor Whiteley Killeen (q.v.), was killed in action on the 25 January 1916

Courtesy of Paula Ann Payne (née Bailey), Barnoldswick

St Mary's Churchyard, Gisburn

St Mary's Churchyard, Gisburn

CWGC Headstone

St Mary's Churchyard, Gisburn

St Mary's Churchyard, Gisburn

CWGC Headstone - personal inscription

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18 September 1914

GISBURN – The Recruiting Campaign

Mr H.G. Tunstill continuing his campaign held a meeting at the Council School on Tuesday afternoon. There was a large attendance, Lord Ribblesdale presiding. The meeting was addressed by Mr. Tunstill, the Vicar, Rev. J. Heslop, the Rev. Lister-Denny, Mr. A.L. Ormrod, Mr. C.A. Milford. Two recruits, John Robinson and J. Metcalfe, offered themselves. This, with five who have already gone with the Bolton ‘Pals’ Battalion, R.E. Pye, W. Roberts, J. Weymes, B. White and A. Fryett, makes in all seven recruits from the village, and two Reservists were sent on the mobilisation.

16 April 1915

GISBURN – Soldier's Death and Funeral

Jno. Robinson (19 years), of Captain Tunstall's Settle Company and West Yorkshire Regiment, has died at Folkstone of heart failure, and was interred at Gisburn on Tuesday, the body being brought home on Monday evening. There were beautiful wreaths from officers and men of ‘A’ Company and from comrades at the front. The procession was a very impressive one, the coffin being draped with the Union Jack, and was followed by the family and a large number of friends. At the lodge gates the cortege was met by a company of 16th West Yorks. from Skipton in charge of Capt. Rhodes. Crowds lined the street. A full choral service was conducted by the Vicar of Gisburn, and a salute was fired, and the ‘last post’ sounded at the conclusion of the burial service.

23 April 1915

GISBURN – A Soldier's Death

In his sermon at the Parish Church on Sunday morning the Vicar (Rev. John Heslop) referred to the sad death of Private John Robinson. He said that although Private Robinson had not died actually fighting he was nevertheless doing his duty and serving his country, and the sympathy of the whole village went out to his bereaved parents and family. The members of the Clitheroe Civic Guard are expected to attend the morning service at the Parish Church.

14 April 1916

ROBINSON – In loving memory of Private John Robinson, who died April 9th, 1915.

The shock was great, the blow severe,
We little thought that death was near.
Only those who have lost are able to tell
The pain that is felt in not saying farewell.

Poultry House, Gisburn.

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25 September 1914


The following men have answered the appeal by joining the Settle Company of the 10th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment:–

From Austwick – William Hoyle, Wilson Pritchard, Samuel Shepherd, Fred Swale, John William Thistlewaite, George Thistlewaite.
Airton – Kayley Earnshaw.
Arncliffe – Percy Hodgson, John Simpson.
Bolton-by-Bowland – Irvine Clark, Jim Coates, Richard Davies Ellison, Harold Greenhow, Edward Victor Grubb, James Mason, Robert Singleton, Joseph Chapman Syers.
Bell Busk – Leonard Fox.
Clapham – Albert Edward Drury, Arthur Herbert Procter.
Grindleton – William Irvin Bell, James Wilding Clarkson, Joshua Crossley, William Walker.
Gisburn – Anthony Lofthouse, John Robinson.
Hellifield – James John Angus, Charles Graham, Thomas Harding, Charles Harwood, Sidney Hoar, John Ernest Linnett, Joseph Edward Preston, Thomas Procter, Christopher Ralph, Norman Roberts, Fred Graham.
Horton – John Bruce Davidson.
Ingleton – Hugh Robinson.
Longpreston – Arthur Bailey, Thomas Garnett, John Henry Hitchin, Henry Edward Horner, William Jones, James Kayley, Job Kayley, Arthur Lawson, William Henry Metcalfe, Joseph Parker, William Procter, William Rawlinson.
Langcliffe – Richard Butler, Thomas Henry Edmondson.
Marton – John Beckwith.
Malham – James Swinbank.
Newsholme – Thomas Edward Askew, Carl Parrington Branthwaite, Benjamin Ashton Butler, William Henry Scott.
Otterburn – Harry Gilbert Tunstill.
Settle – Robert William Bell, Ernest Campbell, George Clark, John Thomas Cockerill, Robert Cresswell, Herbert Dickinson, William Edward Gibson, George Jellett, Thomas Laytham, Robert Henry Maunders, Robert Newhouse, Walter Umpleby, Thomas Walsh, Solomon Richard Webb.
Stainforth – Walter Dinsdale.
Slaidburn – Edwin Isherwood, Walter Isherwood, Abel Moore, Charles Edward Parker, George Whitfield.
Wigglesworth – Fred Metcalfe, George Oversby.
Waddington – Joseph Barrett Hartley, Albert Hird [Herd], Harry Smith, Thomas Rigby, William Watson.

16 April 1915


The funeral of Private John Robinson, of Hen House, Gisburn, and a member of the ‘A’ Company of the 2nd West Yorkshire Regiment, who died at Folkestone from heart failure, took place at Gisburn on Tuesday. Deceased was only 19 years of age, and his body reached home on the evening of the 12th inst. Beautiful wreaths were sent by the officers and men of the Company, and on behalf of his comrades at the Front in France, whilst a large number of floral tributes were received from relatives and friends at home. The funeral ceremony was conducted by the vicar of Gisburn, and crowds of people lined the street as the cortege passed along to the church for service. The scene was an impressive one. In the centre of an attendant company of relatives and friends was the coffin, draped with the Union Jack and covered with flowers. Arriving at the lodge gates, the procession was met by a company of the 16th West Yorkshire Regiment, under Captain Rhodes of Skipton, who formed an escort with reversed arms. At the close of the burial service deceased’s former comrades fired a volley over the grave, and the Last Post was sounded by the buglers.

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