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Private Samuel C. Robinson

 

 

Samuel C. Robinson was born on 10 August 1887 at Lisnamentry, Seagoe, Portadown, County Armagh, the fifth of seven children of farmer William Robinson and his wife Jane (nee Johnston). In 1901 he was working as an assistant to draper John Douglas in Wexford Street, Dublin. By 1911 he was living at home again, working as a boot buyer.

On 13 June 1914 he married Jane Parr at the Church of Ireland Parish Church, Seagoe.

Robinson enlisted in the North Irish Horse at Portadown between 26 April and 20 May 1913 (No.850). He embarked for France with D Squadron on 1 May 1915. In the following May, D Squadron joined with A and E Squadrons to become the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to VII, XIX, then V Corps.

On 9 August 1917 Robinson faced a field general Court martial at Watou in France, charged with behaviour to the prejudice of good order and military discipline (s.40 of the Army Act). He was sentenced to receive 10 days' Field Punishment No.1.

On the same day, however, he died as a result of a self-inflicted wound. (Newspaper reports at home stated he was killed in action).

Private Robinson was buried in the Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, grave IV.B.23. His gravestone inscription reads:

850 PRIVATE
S. ROBINSON
NORTH IRISH HORSE
9TH AUGUST 1917

 

 

 

Portadown War Memorial, St Mark's Church

 

Robinson's name on the Portadown War Memorial, St Mark's Church

 

Mendinghem images Copyright © Phillip Tardif with all rights reserved as set out in this Use of Material policy. Portadown images sourced from the Irish War Memorials website.