Pte. J.H. Robinson


UNIT: 4th Yorkshire Regiment


STATUS: Died of Wounds

DATE OF DEATH: 19th September 1916

CEMETERY OR MEMORIAL: Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France

AGE: 19

John Robinson was the son of John and Mary Jane Robinson and the younger brother of T.W. Robinson whose name also appears on the Memorial. His father was a signaller on the railway. He lived with his family at No.1 Railway Cottages, Low Junction, Northallerton, and before he enlisted, in January 1915, he was working as a farm labourer at Bishop Monkton, near Ripon.

His parents were prepared for the arrival of the official telegram informing them of their son's death as they had received a letter of sympathy from one of his officers, Lt. J. Russel James, the day before the official telegram arrived to tell them that their son had died of wounds in France at the age of 19.
Lt. James said:

"I can honestly say he was always a good soldier and did his duty."

It is likely that John was wounded during the 4th Yorkshire's attack at Martinpuich on The Somme on 15th September 1916, which was the first time that tanks had ever been used in battle.