George Robson (1885-1915)
Trimdon Grange born labourer served with the 1st/5th DLI
George Robson was the second of five boys born to William and Elizabeth Robson. Born in 1885, George spent his childhood in Trimdon. By 1901 George’s father had died leaving Elizabeth the head of the household. There is a record of a William Robson dying in a colliery accident in February 1898 which is likely to be George’s father. At the time of the 1901 census George was the oldest of the sons living with Elizabeth and is working as a bricklayer labourer.
In 1911 George was no longer living with his family but instead boarding with the Weighell family in Trimdon Village. He was now working as a limestone labourer.
The date when George attested into the army is not known. He was part of the 1st/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry (DLI), one of the territorial battalions that were at their annual training camp in Wales when war was declared. The battalion returned to the North East and began training. In spring 1915, they left Newcastle and landed in Boulogne on 18 April 1915. They moved on to Belgium, and very shortly after their arrival, the battalion began fighting in the Second Battle of Ypres. George was killed in action around six weeks later on 22 May. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial. George is remembered on two memorials in his home village of Trimdon Grange.
Civil Parish: Trimdon
Birth date: 1885
Death date: 22-May-1915
Armed force/civilian: Army
Residence: South Street, Trimdon (1891 Census)
Trimdon Village (1901 Census)
School House, Trimdon Village (1911 Census)
Employment: Bricklayer Labourer (1901 Census)
Limestone Labourer (1911 Census)
Family: Parents: William Robson, Elizabeth Robson
Siblings: Thomas Robson, Luke Robson, Elliot Robson, John Robson
Service Number 2293
Medal(s): Victory Medal
British War Medal
Memorial(s): Plaque 1914-18 Colliery Miners’ Hall, Trimdon Grange
Panelling 1914-18 St. Alban’s Church, Trimdon Grange
Contributed by [email protected], Dartmouth Nova Scotia
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