Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Cooper Allen Robinson 1896-1917

Cooper Allen Robinson's Medals and the letter from his CO (thanks to FP)
16 October 1896 Town End, Gildersome, Yorkshire, England

Enoch Robinson, Born 1871, Beeston Yorkshire. Occupation: Coal hewer (underground)

married 29 October 1892 at All Saints, Batley to
Ann Robinson (Nee Calvert) , Born 1871, Gildersome Leeds

Siblings:  Third son of seven children.
1.    John  1889 - ?   Coal Miner
2.    Herbert  1895 - 1967 Colliery House Driver
3.    Cooper Allen 1897 -1917 Killed WW1
4.    Arthur 1900 - 1982  Served in WWI Married Evelyn sister of Raymond Hudson also commemorated on the Wombwell war memorial. He named his eldest son Allen after his lost brother.
5.    Lawrence 1904 – ?  died of TB in his 20s
6.    Elizabeth 1910 - ? Died young.
7.    Also another child born & died before 1911. Age & sex unknown.

Home address:
1901 – Town End, Gildersome, Leeds Yorkshire aged 4years
1904 -  Howden Clough, Batley,Leeds
1911 – 58 Junction Street, Wombwell aged 14 years Colliery Horse Driver

Marital status:  Bachelor
Occupation: Colliery House Driver

Military Service:
Enlisted: 1915 at Darfield, Yorkshire

Regiment and Battalion: 12th Company Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Service Number and Rank: 9084 Private
Formerly 23692 York & Lancaster Regiment

Death:   4th May 1917 aged 20

He was killed by shell fire causing the trench to collapse on top of him. 
Buried:  By a railway arch near Roeux chemical works and close to Fampoux.
CWGC Remembered: Arras Memorial Bay 10

Wombwell War Memorial, St Mary’s Church, Wombwell

Additional information:

Son of Enoch and Ann Robinson, of 58, Junction St., Wombwell, Barnsley.

This soldier's story has been submitted by FP, our grateful thanks to her for the completeness of her research.
Cooper Allen’s younger brother Arthur ran away to join the army under age. His father brought him home the first time,  but when Arthur ran away again his father left him there knowing that if he tried force him home he would just run away again.  

Letter from his commanding officer

12th Machine Gun Coy
Dear Madam,
It is with deep regret that I have to announce to you the loss of your son Pte. Robinson. Who at the time of his death was employed at my servant. My loss of course is trivial to yours but as it is I feel his absence keenly.  Always cheerful and attentive I could not have wished for a better man. His end was painless in fact he died in his sleep; A shell hitting the trench about two yards in front and blowing the parapet in on top of him.  After removing the earth we found he had a wound to his chest and arm(?). But from his peaceful appearance I am positive it his end was instantaneous from concussion.
He was buried close to a railway arch wither a few hundred yards from the chemical works at Roeux and close to Fampoux. Assuring you of my deepest sympathy.
Yours very sincerely
T Bradbury  St

Letter from CA Robinson's Officer sent 15 May 1917 (thanks to FP)
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