ROBINSON Harold

Harold ROBINSON

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QUEENSBURY CEMETERY

Harold was originally believed to be the following solider: Private Harold Robinson service number 50578 of the 1st/5th Battalion. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) who was killed in action on 25th April 1918.

The 1901 census record a Harold Robinson born 1885 living with his grandfather John Bates at 1 View Place, Mountain.  Harold (age 16) had a brother, Arthur (age 20).  The 1911 census records Harold Robinson born 1885, married to Beatrice A Drake (for under one year) living at 3 Parkinson Street, Mountain.  The Queensbury roll records a H Robinson at this address.

Additional research of the military records for the man originally believed to be named on the memorial lead to the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects which show that the sole receiver was, wife Lily.  This information alongside the 1911 census raises confusion to the identity of the man named on the village memorial.

In Queensbury cemetery is the grave of Harold Robinson, with the inscription, “died as a result of active service, 16th April 1921”.

The death certificate for Harold records that his occupation was house painter (journeyman) army pensioner.  The informant for his death was Arthur Robinson, brother, who was present at death and Harold’s place of death was 1 Parkinson street.

From the information obtained it is my belief that the Harold Robinson named on the village memorial is the man who is buried in the cemetery.  Harold was aged 36 when he died on 16th April 1921.