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Thomas Neil ROBSON

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Surname: ROBSON

Forename(s): Thomas Neil

Place of Birth: Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland

Service No: 11827

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Scots Guards

Battalion / Unit: 1st Battalion

Division: Guards Division

Age: 20

Date of Death: 1915-10-07

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. G. 6.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Thomas Neil Robson was the son of Ebenezer John and Margaret Robson, née Calderwood and brother of Private William Ogilvie Robson (1105) (q.v.). Their father was born in East Lothian, Scotland and his mother in Co. Donegal, Ireland. Thomas and William were cousins of Lieutenant George Kirkland, 4th Coy Australian Machine Gun Corps (killed in action, 13 April 1917).

1901 Steeton, Yorkshire Census: 20, Emsley [Elmsley] Street - Thomas N. Robson, aged 6 years, born Scotland, son of Ebenezer J. and Margaret C. Robson.

1911 Steeton, Yorkshire Census: 20, Elmsley Street - Thomas Neil Robson, aged 16 years, born Haddington, East Lothian, son of Ebenezer John and Margaret Calderwood Robson.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Thomas N. Robson, 11827, S/Gds. Theatre of War: (1) France. Qualifying date [for 1914-15 Star]: 4.5.15. Died of W.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Thomas N. Robson, 11827, 1 S.G.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Thomas Neil Robson, 11827, 1st Bn Scots Gds. Date and Place of Death: 7.10.15. No 1 Cas. Clg. Stn., Chocques. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother and Sole Legatee - Margaret. £6 0s. 11d.

Thomas is commemorated in the Rolls of Honour at the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh.

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:

ROBSON, Thomas N., aged 20, 1st Battalion 1st Division Scots Guards, son of Mrs. E. Robson, Emsley Street, Steeton, died from wounds received in action Oct. 7.


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Private Thomas Neil ROBSON

Private Thomas Neil ROBSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Scots Guards

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Scots Guards

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: Guards Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: Guards Division

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Surname: ROBSON

Forename(s): Thomas Niel [sic]

Born: Haddington


Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 11827

Rank: Gdsn

Regiment: Scots Guards



Died Date: 07/10/15

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: ROBSON

Forename(s): Thomas Neil

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 11827

Rank: Guardsman

Regiment: Scots Guards

Unit: 1st Bn.

Age: 20


Died Date: 07/10/1915

Additional Information: Son of Ebenezer John and Margaret Robson, of 20, Elmsley St., Steeton, Keighley, Yorks. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: PROUDLY HE MET THE CALL OF DUTY)



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02 July 1915

Steeton Soldiers Gassed and Wounded

News is to hand that Private Harry Sayers, of Queen Street, Steeton, is in hospital somewhere in France, having been gassed. Private Sayers, who enlisted in the Second Life Guards last November, was sent to the Front in May.

Another Steeton soldier – Private T. Robson, 2nd Scots Guards, who also enlisted in November, was with another five of his regiment in a dug-out when a shell burst and five of his comrades were killed or wounded and Private Robson had to liberated from the fall of earth very little worse for his experience.

Previous to joining the Army both Sayers and Robson were in the employ of John Clough and Sons, manufacturers, and were popular with their fellow workmen.

29 October 1915


On Tuesday morning a letter from the War Office conveyed to Mrs. E. Robson, of 20, Elmsley Street, Steeton, the sad news that her son, Private Tom Robson, of 1st Battalion Scots Guards, had died in France from wounds received in action. Private Robson, who would have been 21 next week, died on the 7th of October, and in a letter sent on the 5th to his mother stated that he was just leaving the hospital, having been indisposed. It was evident the young fellow had gone straight to the firing line, there to receive the wounds which within a few hours caused his death. Popular to a marked degree amongst his many Steeton comrades, the deceased soldier enlisted a year ago, being at the time an apprenticed overlooker in the spinning department at Messrs. John Clough and Sons, manufacturers. Private Robson is the fourth Steeton soldier to meet his death fighting for Right against Might.

15 September 1916


The quarterly meeting of the Craven and District Village Institutes’ Association was held at the Steeton Mechanics’ Institute on Saturday afternoon, under the chairmanship of the Rev. A.C. Blunt, of Gargrave, the newly-appointed president for the ensuing year. Delegates were present from Gargrave, Oakworth, Cross Roads, Kildwick, Steeton, Cononley, and Gisburn.

Mr. Alfred Stell, president of the Seeton Institute, extended a cordial welcome to the new president and the delegates…

Appreciative Letter from the Trenches

The Secretary (Mr. J. Holdsworth) next read the following letter from Captain Cedric F. Horsfall, the late president, written from the trenches in France:–“Many thanks for your letter which I received a few days ago in the front trenches. You have, of course, done quite right in electing another president, and just as I should have wished you to do. I feel as though I have been of little or no use during my two years of office, owing to the circumstances over which I have had no control. After the war I assure you and your Association that you shall have my active support, as I know there is much scope for your work, especially after this war, and when unavoidably the home ties of many of the men will be weakened. I can see some difficulty in preventing wholesale emigration from our villages to the towns and the colonies, and every inducement will be required to keep them in the villages. I think the Institutes might do much to meet this need. I wish you to convey to your Committee my sincerest thanks for the honour they have done to me in allowing me to keep the position of president during these two eventful years. I wish you every success in your work in the future and I am sure that you will get much valuable advice and assistance from your new president, Mr. Blunt. I hope it is not out of place if I add a word of admiration of the men in this Battalion, many of whom come from our villages, and most of whom have been members of the various Institutes. They have not had an easy time lately, but they seem to thrive on work and do it with a good heart, and shelling hardly disturbs them at all.”


Mr. W.J. Johns, of Oakworth, moved that the Association express its sincerest sympathy with the village of Steeton in the great sacrifice that it had been called upon to make in the prosecution of the war. Mr. Weatherall, of Cononley, having seconded.

The Secretary read a list of the Steeton men who have been killed and wounded as follows:–

Killed – W. Dawes, Herbert Dove, Prince Dawson, Wm. Brooksbank, James Dove, Fred T. Ellison, Spencer Cliff (missing), Joseph Hales, Ewart Myers, Thos. Fitzsimmons, Wm. Robson, Thos. Robson, Arthur Smith, Wm. A. Teale, Richard Nicholson, Norman Waterhouse, Clarence Wilson, J. Nelson, Wm. Naylor.

Wounded – John Brooksbank, Wm. Brayshaw, Matthew Dove, Robert Anderson, Percy Race, Fred Baldwin, Fred Greenwood, Frank Throup, Ernest Cooper, Robert Williams.

The Secretary added that many of the wounded men were back in the trenches again, and it was also stated that several of the soldiers had been members of the Steeton Institute.

The resolution of sympathy was carried by the delegates rising in their places…

12 January 1917


Happily there has during the closing months of the past year been few casualties amongst Steeton’s soldiers to report. Since the commencement of the war the following well-known local soldiers who have been residents in the village have given their lives for the cause of right and humanity.–Arthur Smith, William Dawes, Herbert Dove, Thomas Robson, James Walker (died in training period), Willie Brooksbank, Ewart Myers, Thomas Fitzsimons, Prince Dawson, Fred Ellison, R. Nicholson, W.H. Teale, William Naylor, William Robson, Joseph Hale, Clarence Wilson, Mathias Dove, James Dove, John Nelson, whilst to add to the above are the names of Spencer Cliff missing since the ever-to-be-remembered landing at Suvla Bay in August, 1915, and Wright Cockshott who has been included in the list of those missing since the early autumn of 1916. Several soldiers whose occupations necessitated residence in the village previous to the war have ‘made the sacrifice’ but are not included in the list.

22 June 1917


The service at the Wesleyan Church on Sunday morning took the form of a memorial service to the memory of the late Private Tom Spencer and Trooper Clifford Cockshott. The suspense of the last-named soldier’s parents was turned into grief on Thursday in last week when they were notified of their son’s death from wounds received in action. The Rev. W.L. Haim conducted the service and made sympathetic reference to the two fallen soldiers, who were old scholars and along with the under-mentioned dead heroes had attended the Wesleyan Sunday School–Privates Willie and Thos. Robson, Prince Dawson, Richard Nicholson, Ewart Myers and Sergt. Thomas Moyle.

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13 November 1914


Up to date there are now 30 Steeton men who are either serving as regulars, Kitchener’s men or Territorials, who have all volunteered for foreign service. This is considered a fairly good percentage for so small a village, but more men are wanted, and no doubt more will respond to the urgent appeal of Lord Kitchener. The roll of honour is as follows:–

Officers: Charles M. Bateman, Sam H. Clough, Hugh Dixon, Will Clough.

Privates: James Anderson, Willie Barber, John Brooksbank, Colin Casson, Wm. Coppack, Prince Dawson, Fred Ellison, Fred Greenwood (wounded but returned to his regiment), Tom Roberts, Wesley Shone, William Wademan, John Wilson, Alfred Metcalfe, John Peake, William Naylor, Herbert Pickles, Arthur Lee (wounded), James O’Hara, Harry J. Mason. Robert Anderson, Willie Brayshaw, Harold Brooksbank, Spencer Cliffe, Wm. Dove, Tom Fitzsimons, Edgar Geldard (wounded), Tom Moyle, George Stott, Cyril Race, Wm. Henry Teale, John W. Wardman, Archie Metcalfe, Arthur Smith (killed in action), James Walker, Fred Haggas, Cuthbert L. Clarke, Frank Jones, Christopher Walton, Thos. Hinkley, Joseph Jackson (wounded), Thomas Robson, Alfred Taylor, Frank Taylor, Harry Sayers, James Jackson, Clifford Cockshott.

29 October 1915


Mrs. E. Robson of Elmsley Street, Steeton received official notification from the War Office on Tuesday morning that her son, Private Thomas N. Robson, of the 1st Battalion 1st Division of the Scots Guards, had died of wounds received in action on October 7th. He died in the First Clearing Hospital, but the nature of his wounds is not stated.

Private Robson, who would have been 21 years of age the week following his death, before the war was serving his apprenticeship as a drawing overlooker at Messrs. John Clough and Sons. In the early part of November last he answered his country’s call, and after about three months’ training he was drafted to France. The last letter received by his mother was dated October 2nd, in which he said he was going to join his regiment after coming out of hospital the day before, where he had been two or three weeks suffering from a severe chill. Much sympathy is felt for Mrs. Robson, who has another son who answered his country’s call in Australia and joined the Colonial Forces. He is now fighting in the Dardanelles.

19 November 1915


DEATH OF A SOLDIER – Mrs. E. Robinson, Elmsley Street, Steeton, has this week received word from the commanding officer of the Scots Guards stating that her son Thomas was severely wounded in the back by shrapnel on October 6, and died on October 7, in the 1st Clearing Casualty Hospital. Mrs. Robinson received official news of her son’s death about three week’s ago. She also received news on Tuesday night from her son William, who joined His Majesty’s Forces in Australia, that he was now in hospital in Mudros, suffering from dysentery.

24 December 1915


Pte. Thos. Robson, 1st Battalion 1st Division of the Scots Guards, and son of Mrs. E. Robson, of Elmsley Street, Steeton, died from wounds received in action on October 7th. Twenty years of age.

11 August 1916


Mrs. E. Robson, Elmsley Street, Steeton, received word on Thursday morning that her son, Pte. Willie Robson, had died of wounds on July 27th. Pte. Robson, who was 23 years of age, emigrated to Australia nearly four years ago, and on the outbreak of war joined the Australian Expeditionary Force, and was in the fighting in the Dardanelles. He was afterwards transferred to France, where he met his death. Pte. Thos. Robson, of the Scots Guards, a younger brother, was killed in France last October.

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