Robinson, Samuel

Robinson, Samuel


HMS Paxton, Royal Naval Reserve

Killed in action on Sunday 20 May 1917 (aged 26)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, England (Panel 27)

Holywood and District War Memorial

High Street Presbyterian Church Holywood


Samuel Robinson was born on 25 September 1890 in Cultra and he was a son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Robinson (nee Kelly) who were married on 2 August 1888 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast.  Samuel Robinson (aged 26) was a son of Samuel Robinson, a labourer.  Elizabeth Kelly (aged 25) from 64 Hillview Street, Belfast was a daughter of James Kelly, a labourer.

The Robinson family lived in the townland of Ballycultra, Holywood.

Samuel Robinson Senior worked as a coachman and he and Elizabeth had five children:

William (born 12 December 1888 in Carryreagh, Donaghadee)

Samuel (born 25 September 1890 in Cultra)

Jane (born 9 September 1892 in Cultra)

James (born 15 July 1894 in Cultra)

Elizabeth Ann (born 10 March 1896 in Bow Street, Donaghadee)

Their mother Elizabeth died of heart failure on 14 March 1896 (aged 34).

Samuel Robinson served aboard HMS Paxton (Lady Patricia) and he died on 20 May 1917 when this ship was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-46 in the North Atlantic, about 100 miles west of Fastnet Rock.  HMS Paxton was built in 1916 by the Ardrossen Drydock & Shipbuilding Co Ltd and was operated by the Royal Navy as a Q-boat (a heavily armed merchant ship used as a decoy vessel).

Sub-Lieutenant Samuel Robinson was 26 when he died and he has no known grave.

Sub-Lieutenant Samuel Robinson is commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial in Hampshire; on Holywood and District War Memorial and in High Street Presbyterian Church Holywood.