John Robinson

JOHN ROBINSON (1890 - 1915)

John was a member of the regular army prior to the outbreak of war in 1914. Having previously worked as a weaver in Macclesfield, John attested in Chester on 7 October 1907 as a serving member of the 4th Battalion Cheshire Militia, which had formed in Macclesfield in 1881.

In 1901, John was living with his parents, John - a 'fish dealer' - and Catherine - a 'housewife' - three sisters and two brothers, at 13, Water Street (his parents went on to have a further two children, including a son called Alban). His attestation form in 1907 tells us that eighteen year old John was five feet five inches tall and weighed just under eight stone. With a 'sallow' complexion, grey eyes and light brown hair, John had two scars on his face; one above his right eyebrow, the other over his nose. Having attained a 'Certificate of Primary Medical Examination' on 8 October, John joined the Cheshire Regiment.

Army records show, the then, Private Robinson forfeited eight days pay in November 1911 as a result of being absent for one week. The reason for his absence is not listed. This misdemeanour does not appear to have been significant since at the time of his death John was serving as a Lance Corporal.

In August 1914, John was posted to France. He survived the battlefields of the Western Front only to be admitted to the Isolation Hospital at Bailleul, in France - near the Belgian border - early in 1915. On St David's Day, Sunday 1 March 1915, John died in the hospital as a result of cerebrospinal meningitis. John was twenty four years old.

John was buried in the town's Communal Cemetery. His headstone bears the simple epitaph, chosen by his mother,

"R.I.P."

John Robinson Attestation Form
John's attestation form © The National Archives

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