Ernest was the third of four sons born in Baildon to James Robinson, a Baildon-born joiner and carpenter.Their mother was named Sarah who according to the 1901 census was born in Somerset. According to the 1911 return, James had been married to Baildon-born Sarah Ann for three years and they are given as having no children, suggesting Sarah had died. This view is reinforced by the report of Ernest’s death in the Shipley Times & Express on 29 June 1917 where only the father is mentioned.Much sympathy will be felt with Mr J Robinson of Perseverance Street, Baildon in the loss which he has sustained by the death of his third son, Pte Ernest
Robinson, from smallpox.Pte Robinson, who was employed as a drawing overlooker at the mills of Mr Abraham Ambler, Wilsden, joined up on 7th December last year. After a course of training at Rugeley Camp in Staffordshire, he went with his regiment, 1st Connaught Rangers, to India in February.Whilst in India Pte Robinson had an attack of malarial fever and upon his return he was drafted forward into Mesopotamia. Soon after his arrival there the unfortunate young man was detained in hospital suffering from smallpox from which he died.Of a cheery and sociable character, Pte Robinson will be missed by a large circle of colleagues. He was 23 years of age.