Robinson, Harold Denis

Robinson, Harold Denis (Denis)

Lieutenant

No. 219181, 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders

Killed in action on Tuesday 8 August 1944 (aged 23)

Buried:

Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, France (Grave V.B.1)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

British Normandy Memorial (Column 269)

Gwalchmai War Memorial, Anglesey, Wales

Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club Memorial Plaque (as Robinson, H. Dennis)

BIOGRAPHY

Harold Denis Robinson was born on 1 July 1921 in Belfast, and he was a son of Arthur Thomas Robinson and Muriel Beatrice Robinson (nee Nixon) who were married on 5 August 1914 in Fortwilliam Park Presbyterian Church, Belfast.  Arthur Thomas Robinson, an aerated water factory manager from Jordanstown, Co Antrim, was a son of Arthur Thomas Robinson, a factory owner.  Muriel Beatrice Nixon from 12 Hopefield Avenue, Belfast was a daughter of Alexander Nixon, an agent.

Arthur Thomas Robinson and Muriel Beatrice Robinson (nee Nixon) had at least three children:

Maureen (born 10 April 1915 at 18 Ravenhill Gardens, Belfast)

Arthur Terence (born 23 April 1918 at Kinvara, Oldpark Road, Belfast)

Harold Denis (born 1 July 1921)

Harold Denis Robinson was the husband of Lilian (Lily) Catherine Robinson (nee Rowlands).  Lilian Catherine Lewis was born on 29 December 1915 in Bodmina, Trewalchmai, Anglesey, Wales, and she was a daughter of William Stanley and Elizabeth Jane Rowlands (nee Lewis).

Elizabeth Jane Rowlands died on 19 October 1923.

Harold Denis Robinson and Lilian (Lily) Catherine Rowlands were married on 27 September 1941 in the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Dunbar, Scotland.

Lieutenant Harold Denis Robinson was killed on 8 August 1944 in Normandy, and he was buried in Tilly-la-Campagne.  Later, when graves were being concentrated, his body was exhumed and reburied on 20 August 1945 in Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, France.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

HE DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE

Lieutenant Harold Denis Robinson is commemorated on the British Normandy Memorial (Column 269); on the Gwalchmai War Memorial, Anglesey, Wales, and on the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club Memorial Plaque (as Robinson, H. Dennis).

There was a report about his death in the Belfast Newsletter dated 16 August 1944.  The report stated that he was the younger son of Mr and Mrs A.T. Robinson of 14 Chlorine Gardens, Belfast, and he had been killed in action in Normandy.  He had joined an Ulster Battery of the Royal Artillery in 1939, served in France, and been evacuated from Dunkirk.  He was subsequently commissioned in the Welch Regiment and went to Egypt where he served with the Green Howards to whom he had been seconded.  After a period in hospital in Alexandria for treatment to an old injury, he was flown to Sfax and served with the Seaforth Highlanders throughout the Tunisian campaign.  He went to Scotland for further treatment to his old injury before going to Normandy.

Harold Denis Robinson was educated at Stramongate School, Kendal, and St George’s School, Harpenden.  Before volunteering he was engaged in his father’s business – the Ulster Iced Drinks Company, Romford Street, Belfast.

His brother, Lieutenant A.T. Robinson was on active service with the Royal Navy.

His widow, Lily, subsequently remarried.