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.
Burnley Express 16th June 1915

Son of Edmund Robinson

He 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, training.
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.

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.




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