Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park & St Luke’s; Thiepval Memorial
Regiment: Duke of Wellington’s
Alexander Robinson was born in 1894 in Bradford the son of Jabez and Elizabeth, nee Thatcher.By 1901 the family had moved to 9 Dudley Hill Road, Undercliffe. Ten years later they had moved to 157 Dudley Hill Road. Jabez was working as an ornamental plasterer. Alexander at 15 years of age was apprenticed to a blacksmith but on his enlistment he was employed by Sowden’s Loom Works in Shipley.Alexander enlisted on the 2nd of February 1916 as Private 5600 in the 1/7th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington (West Riding Regiment).
The Regiment had landed at Boulogne in April 1915 and Alexander arrived on the Western Front to join the Regiment in time for the big push on the Somme which began with the Battle of Albert on the 1st July 1916. He was killed in action on the 3rd of July at the age of 22 years. His body was never recovered for burial and he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.
In a newspaper article his parent said of him that being of a very quiet and unassuming disposition he was highly respected by a large circle of friends.Alexander left his effects to his father Jabez who received £2.4.11d on the 11th of October 1916 and a War Gratuity of £3.0.0d on the 22nd of August 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks