Robinson, William

Robinson, William (Willie)


No. S/5413, 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders

Killed in action on Sunday 25 April 1915 (aged 22)


Seaforth Cemetery, Cheddar Villa, Belgium (Grave B. 1. Headstone ‘A’. 12)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission


The death of William (Willie) Robinson was reported in the 28 May 1915 edition of the County Down Spectator under the headline Killed in Action.  The report stated that Willie Robinson was a son of Mr and Mrs William Robinson of 61 Dawson Street, Parkhead, Glasgow and that he had been killed in action in April (aged 22).  Willie Robinson enlisted in August 1914, served with the Seaforth Highlanders and, after a short spell of training at Fort George, was posted to France.

The report stated that Willie Robinson was a pastry baker by trade and that he was ‘well known and highly esteemed and popular in Donaghadee and district’ from the time that he was employed in Stanner’s Bakery.

In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that this soldier was born in Barony, Lanarkshire and enlisted in Glasgow.

Private William Robinson (No. S/5413) was born around 1893 and in the 1901 census he was living at 61 Dawson Street, Parkhead, Glasgow with his parents, William and Annie Robinson, together with his sisters Maggie (aged 6) and Catherine (aged 4) and his brother James (aged 2).