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217   Private Hugh Robinson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 16/09/2018
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Australian Infantry (Australian Army)
Date Of Birth: 22/02/1889
Died: 10/05/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 26
Summary      
Hugh Robinson was the son of William and Mary Jane Robinson. The family moved from Cookstown to Stewartstown around 1884. Hugh Robinson was born on 22nd February 1889 in Stewartstown. Hugh emigrated to Australia. Prior to enlisting, Hugh lived in Randwick, New South Wales, Australia, where he worked as an iron monger. Hugh enlisted with the 2nd Battalion Australian Imperial Force on 28th August 1914. Private Hugh Robinson was serving with A company of the 2nd Battalion of the Australian Infantry when he was killed in action at Gallipoli on 10th May 1915.
Further Information
Hugh Robinson was the son of William Stewart Robinson and Mary Jane Robinson. William Robinson married Mary Burton on 30th August 1875 in the district of Cookstown.
Speculated family: William Stewart Robinson, Mary Jane Robinson, William Robinson (born 19th June 1876, Cookstown), Benjamin Robinson (born 11th March 1879, Cookstown), Margaret Robinson (born 24th June 1881, Cookstown), James Robinson (born 29th March 1883, Cookstown), Margaret Robinson (born 29th March 1884, Stewartstown), Isabella Robinson (born 12th April 1887, Stewartstown), Hugh Robinson (born 22nd February 1889, Stewartstown).
The family moved from Cookstown to Stewartstown around 1884.
Hugh Robinson was born on 22nd February 1889 in Stewartstown. The exact make-up of the family is difficult to extrapolate but it seems as though there were eight children, Hugh being the youngest.
Hugh emigrated to Australia.
Prior to enlisting, Hugh lived in Randwick, New South Wales, Australia, where he worked as an iron monger.
Hugh Robinson's Australian Imperial Army attestation papers
Hugh enlisted with the 2nd Battalion Australian Imperial Force on 28th August 1914. He gave his next of kin as his father William Robinson, who was living at Box 22 West, Fort William, Ontario, Canada.
Hugh Robinson's Australian Imperial Army attestation papers
He left Sydney, Australia on 18th October 1914 and arrived at Alexandria, Egypt on 18th December 1914.
He was part of the ANZAC forces (Australia/New Zealand Corps) which landed on the Gallipoli peninsula in April 1915 at Gaba Tepe, an area known as Anzac Cove. The force made little headway in the intense heat and with the Turkish forces holding the high ground, casualties were very high.
Private Hugh Robinson was serving with A company of the 2nd Battalion of the Australian Infantry when he was killed in action at Gallipoli on 10th May 1915.
After his death, his older brother Benjamin Robinson, who was living and working in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia enquired about him.
Private Hugh Robinson originally interred in Browns Dip North Cemetery, 500 yards south of Anzac Cove.
Private Hugh Robinson was later reburied at Lone Pine Cemetery, Turkey, about 18 miles from Anzac Cove.
Hugh Robinson grave marker
This grave photo was taken by the Friends of the Somme Mid Ulster Branch on a visit to Gallipoli in September 2014.
The CWGC record Private Hugh Robinson as the son of William Stewart Robinson and Mary Jane Robinson, of Fort William, Ontario, Canada. He is recorded as being a native of County Tyrone, Ireland.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Stewartstown area Stewartstown From Stewartstown area 54.578081 -6.673152
References and Links
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1 Australian Embarkation Roll First World War Embarkation Roll - Hugh Robinson
2 Australian Military Documents Military Papers (36 no) for Hugh Robinson
3 Australian Nominal Roll Australian Nominal Roll - Hugh Robinson
4 Australian Roll of Honour Roll of Honour - Hugh Robinson
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Hugh Robinson's grave can be purchased here
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