Robinson, Robert (No. 460)

Robinson, Robert

Rifleman

No. 460, ‘A’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Died of wounds on Thursday 15 February 1917 (aged 42)

Buried:

Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), France (Grave III. A. 46)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Donaghadee and District War Memorial

Shore Street Presbyterian Church Donaghadee

Family grave headstone in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Graveyard

BIOGRAPHY

Robert Robinson was born on 10 June 1874 in Bow Street, Donaghadee and he was a son of Abel and Margaret Robinson (nee Andrews) who were married on 4 January 1872 in Shore Street Presbyterian Church Donaghadee.

The Robinson family lived in Bow Street Donaghadee.

Abel Robinson was a seaman, Margaret worked as an embroiderer and they had four children:

Robert (born 10 June 1874 in Bow Street, Donaghadee)

Mary Matilda (born 8 November 1876 in Bow Street, Donaghadee; died 13 December 1948)

Jane (born 21 December 1878 in Bow Street, Donaghadee; died 2 January 1966 aged 88)

Frances (born 10 March 1882 in Bow Street, Donaghadee)

The children were baptised in Shore Street Presbyterian Church Donaghadee.

Robert Robinson’s father Abel died of heart disease on 4 August 1910 (aged 70) and his mother Margaret died on 11 December 1920 (aged 78).

Prior to the Great War Robert Robinson worked as a tailor.

Robert Robinson and Hannah Kennedy (daughter of Thomas Kennedy, a sailor) were married on 28 March 1904 in Ballycopeland Presbyterian Church and they had two children:

Margaret (born 21 April 1904 in Back Street, Donaghadee)

Thomas Kennedy (born 2 March 1906 in Union Street, Donaghadee; died 3 September 1989 aged 83)

Hannah Robinson died of pneumonia on 7 September 1909 (aged 29).

The Robinson family lived in Donaghadee and Robert was a member of the local contingent of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF).  Robert Robinson enlisted in Belfast and he served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.  Due to illness, he was invalided home in February 1916 for a short time before he returned to active service.

On 15 February 1917 Rifleman Robert Robinson (No. 460) died of wounds sustained around 1.00 am the previous day when there was a heavy enemy bombardment followed up by a raid.  Rifleman William McKittrick was killed during that bombardment on 14 February and then, at 6.00 pm on 14 February, there was another enemy attack during which Lance Corporal Robert Henry Marshall was killed.

Rifleman Robert Robinson (No. 460) was 42 when he died and he was buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), France.

Rifleman Robert Robinson (No. 460) is commemorated on Donaghadee and District War Memorial; in Shore Street Presbyterian Church Donaghadee and on the family grave headstone in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Graveyard.