Henry Robinson (1918-1940)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.


Henry Robinson was born in the Holmfirth area towards the end of 1918, the son of motor wagon driver Arthur Robinson and his wife Edith (née Sanderson).

At the time of the 1921 Census, the family was residing at Far Cliff, Wooldale.

He was educated at Wooldale Council School and the Holmfirth Technical College, and attended Wooldale Wesleyan Chapel. By the 1930s, he worked for Wood & Burtt Ltd. of Ford Mill.

During the Second World War, he served in the RAF and died on 11 June 1940 when Blenheim I (L8519) crash landed at Sidi Barrani, Libya.[1]

Henry Robinson is commemorated on the Holme, Holmfirth and Newmill War Memorial.


Huddersfield Examiner (22/Jun/1940):


Thongsbridge Airman Killed in Action

Official notification has been received by Mr. and Mrs. A. Robinson, of Shaley Wood, Thongsbridge, that their only son, Aircraftman First-Class Henry Robinson, was killed in action in Egypt on June 11. It is believed that he is the first Holmfirth man killed in action in the present war.

Aircraftman Robinson, who was twenty-one years of age. joined the R.A.F. in January, 1938, and some months later he went out to Egypt for a term of three years. He was formerly employed on the office staff at Messrs. Wood and Burtt, Ltd., Ford Mill, Holmfirth. He was educated at the Wooldale Council School and the Holmfirth Technical Institute, and attended the Wooldale Wesleyan Church. He was engaged to be married to Miss Peggy Taylor, of Cliffe, Holmfirth.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission



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