Private James Robinson

Private James Robinson, 1st/7th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action on 28th April 1915 in Belgium during the Second Battle of Ypres, aged 19 and is commemorated on the Menin Gate,Ypres. Before enlisting he worked for the Maple Dairy Co. in Berwick. He was the son of Mrs Robinson of Woolmarket, Berwick-on-Tweed and the late Fred Robinson the well known Border cricketer who for many years was the professional and groundsman for Berwick Cricket Club. The photograph shows the impressive Memorial raised to the 50th ( Northumbrian ) Division of which the Battalion was part until February 1918 when it was transferred to the 42nd ( East Lancashire ) Division as the Divisional Pioneer Battalion. It was erected near the village of Weiltje in the Ypres Salient where nearby  the Division had fought its first action of the War during the Battle of St Julien on 26th April 1915 only days after landing on the Continent.

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