Stoker 1st Class Edmond Harry Robinson
SS/109567 Royal Naval Division (att C Coy Anson Battalion)
Died of Wounds aboard HMT Franconia, 1st June 1915, aged 23
Lived at 41 Moseley Street
Buried in East Mudros Military Cemetery, Greece I. A. 22.
Express 16th June 1915
of Edmund Robinson
first joined the Army and then later joined the Navy as a Stoker and served
2 years in the China Seas. He enlisted in the navy 14th January 1910,
joining the Royal Naval Division 15th September 1914. His brother 8050
Sergeant William Herbert Robinson, 2nd Manchester Regiment was killed
in action 26th February 1915 and is buried at Ration Farm (La Plus Douve)
Annexe, Ploegsteert, Belgium, plot I. B. 8. His 1914 Star (medal) was
issued to his father 9th April 1919.
*HMT ‘Franconia’ was an ambulance
carrier early 1915 and took 1,614 casualties from Gallipoli to Alexandria
(Egypt). Shortly afterwards, when on other duties, she was torpedoed and
sunk in the Mediterranean.
NAVAL MAN KILLED (Burnley Express 16th June 1915)
Stoker E. H. Robinson, of, 41 Mosley Street, Burnley,
passed safely through the siege of Antwerp, but on being sent to the fighting
at the Dardanelles he received wounds from which he has died, his father
having received official intimation of the fact.
Stoker E. H. Robinson first joined the Army and then the Navy as a stoker,
and for two years was in the China seas. On one occasion he was in a landing
force from H. M. S. Thistle at the closing stages of the Chinese revolution.
He returned to England in June, on a month’s leave, and reporting
at Devonport was put on the Active Service Rating. On this account he
got in the newly formed marine land force of active service men, R. F.
R., R.N.R., and Volunteers, and had been at Bettershanger Camp near Walmer,
Robinson, who after leaving the sea was trained as a cook and attached
to the “C” Company of Anson’s Battalion, commanded by
Lieutenant Cournel Cornwallis West, which was in the Antwerp relief expedition.
He had a lively time in the trenches at Antwerp, and on returning to Burnley
on leave described in an interview the great retreat from Antwerp-now
very old history, so rapidly have events proceeded. After a period of
time with the home marine forces, Robinson went out with them to the Dardanelles.
His brother, Sergeant W. E. Robinson, was killed in February with the
2nd Manchester Regiment.
ROLL OF HONOUR
Robinson-Edmund Harry Robinson, aged 23
Years, Naval Brigade cook, died of wounds
Received in the Dardanelles fighting-From
The family, 41, Mosley Street, Burnley.