Henry James ROBINSON


ROBINSON, Henry James

Service Number: 747
Enlisted: 30 July 1915, An original of C Company
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 30th Infantry Battalion
Born: Aldershot, Hampshire, England, 1885
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Locomotive fireman
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 1 December 1917
Cemetery: Bethleem Farm West Cemetery, Belgium
Row F, Grave No. 9
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Granville War Memorial, Haymarket NSW Government Railway and Tramway Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

30 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 747, 30th Infantry Battalion, An original of C Company
9 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 747, 30th Infantry Battalion
9 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 747, 30th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Beltana, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Henry James Robinson was born in England and one of three brothers who were killed during WW1.

Henry was the 2nd oldest of the four Robinson sons and he served with Horace in the 30th Battalion, AIF. His father, John Robinson, had been a career soldier with the Royal Engineers Corp in England attaining the rank of sergeant major. Henry came out to Australia in 1910 and he was married in 1912. His younger brother Horace Frederick Robinson came out to Australia soon after and they all lived in Granville NSW.

Private Henry Robinson was killed in Belgium on 1st December 1917 and buried in the Bethleem Farm West Military Cemetery in Flanders.

Henry left behind a small family in Granville - his widow, Catherine Mary Robinson nee Treacy and two children, Kathleen Mary and John Henry. They all received pensions soon after his death.

Baby John was born 26 June 1916 around the time his father and uncle were disembarking in France preparing for the trenches of the Western Front. John Henry Robinson also served in the AIF during the second World War.

His brother 1312 Pte. Horace Frederick Robinson 30th Battalion AIF, was killed in action at Fromelles 20 July, 1916, aged 20.

Another older brother, Lance Corporal William Francis Robinson 23rd Battalion Middlesex Regiment, was killed in action only a few weeks before the armistice on 30 September 1918.