John Fallows Robinson (1897-1941)

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Biography

John Fallows Robinson was born on 8 August 1897 at Cockermouth, Cumberland, the son of domestic gardener John Edward Robinson and his wife Emma Shilton (née Burnett).

By 1919, the Robinsons had moved to 28 Rufford Road, Golcar, where both John Fallows and his father worked as fitter's labourers for British Dyers Corp. Ltd.

He married Ethel Holmes[1] in 1924 and, by 1939, they were living at 8 Luton Street, Cowlersley, Milnsbridge.

During the Second World War, he joined the Home Guard. Whilst on duty in the early hours of 20 September 1941, he collapsed and died. He was buried at Christ Church, Linthwaite, on 24 September.

Extracts

Huddersfield Examiner (27/Sep/1941):

Home Guard's Fatal Collapse on Duty

At the inquest on Monday on Volunteer John Fallows Robinson (44), a Home Guard, who died while on duty early on Saturday morning, the Borough Coroner (Mr. E. W. Norris) recorded a verdict of “Death from natural causes.” Robinson, who was a woollen warehouseman, lived at 8 Luton Street, Cowersley. He had been in the Home Guard only about two months.

Ross Bailey, a letterpress printer, of 2, Park Road West, Crosland Moor, who was on duty with Robinson during the early hours of Saturday morning, said that the deceased collapsed about 12-20 a.m., and died shortly afterwards.

Dr. J. G. Copland (police surgeon) said that death was due to cerebral haemorrhage.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

  • Volunteer J F ROBINSON
  • Home Guard
  • died: 20 September 1941
  • age: 44 years
  • record ID: 2409006

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Notes and References

  1. Born 11 July 1903.