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Staff Sergeant George A Robinson


Harrogate Herald - 17th November 1915

Private George A Robinson writes :

November 6th, 1915

Dear Mr Breare, With the arrival of the post tonight and the subsequent opening of the Harrogate Herald, I received one of the saddest blows of my life in reading the announcement of the sudden death of your brother-in-law and my most esteemed employer (late). Throughout the eight years I was in his employ I always found him to be of a most cheerful and warm-hearted nature, which made a great impression on myself and caused me to have a sincere respect for him, as was the case with many people who had become acquainted with him. Never once did I pass his gentlemanly figure but what there were a cheery "Good-morning" and kindly nod forthcoming from him. He was beloved by his employees, who were numerous, and recognised as a thorough businessman everywhere. His untiring efforts were the means of helping many deserving institutions, sport taking a prominent place. His latest, and I should say, his greatest deed in that respect, in which he achieved so great a remit, was the "Tobacco Fund", which proved to be a "grand final" to a life devoted entirely to helping any, deserving local movement. Through his efforts hundreds, nay thousands of soldiers, have been able to derive hours of enjoyment from the "smokes" which he was instrumental in providing for them whilst following their duties in the trenches. Proof of this can be found in the numerous letters received from the "Tommies" at the Front. It has been "my lot" to be amongst those boys, so I can speak withy some assurance on the matter. Harrogate has been deprived of a great personality, and a thorough sportsman in every sense. I shall Miss his familiar figure when I am in civil employment again; but his name will be held in great respect by myself in times to come. In conclusion, I again offer you my deepest sympathy in your sad bereavement.


Harrogate Herald - 29th December 1915

W H Breare letter

To return to Dent. Mr Broughton's son, of the market, he met when he first arrived, and had a jolly talk with him. He had seen "Billy" Bell, who was as happy as ever. Councillor Robinson's sons, George Robinson and Ernest Robinson, are in Dent's column. Likewise Sergeant Cobbler, of Tower Street. "Major" wishes to be remembered to all the Harrogate boys.


Harrogate Herald - 17th October 1917

Roll of Honour

Private George Slack, MGC, of 10 Nydd Vale Terrace, Harrogate, was wounded in the right knee on October 4th. He was removed to the 3rd Canadian Hospital in France and then to Glasgow. He is the brother-in-law of George Robinson, who before enlisting was employed at R Ackrill's process block department. Slack joined the Army a year last May and went to France on the 4th March last.


Harrogate Herald - 5th December 1917

W H Breare letter

George Robinson, of our staff, has been home on leave. He is still in this country, after his wounds, and is a bomb instructor, doing useful work. He has grown stouter and looks well.


Harrogate Herald - 9th January 1918


Private F W Robinson had his Xmas dinner in style, dining in a mansion in Italy off pork, vegetables, pudding, oranges, apples, nuts, and beer. His brother George Robinson, who before enlisting was employed in the process room of this firm, had also a "real good Xmas" in Staffordshire.


Harrogate Herald - 17th April 1918

W H Breare letter

George Robinson, who was formerly employed in our process department, looked in today whilst on his final leave prior to a second spell in the line. He is the son of Mr and Mrs F Robinson, of Strawberrydale, and has a brother fighting with the British Forces in Italy. George has had a pretty rough time of it, having joined up soon after the war started. He has been in a camp for a convalescent period. I never remember to seen him looking better than he did today. Good luck to him.


Harrogate Herald 15th January 1919

Sergeant G Robinson writes : 

A few days ago I received the PO gift, which the firm have kindly sent to me each year. Will you please convey my warmest thanks for same? I am sure it is very thoughtful and considerate of them.


Harrogate Herald 4th February 1920

On New Year's Day, at 142 Murree Road, Rawalpindi, India, the wife of Staff Sergeant George Robinson, IML (of Valley Mount, Harrogate), of a daughter.


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