|Place of birth||North Frodingham, Yorkshire, England|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Watts Hotel, Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||30|
|Next of kin||Sister, A G Beaumont, 65 Coltman Street, Hull, England|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||12th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/29/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT RMS Orontes on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||12th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death from cemetery records||30|
|Place of burial||London Cemetery and Extension (Plot I, Row B, Grave No 12), Longueval, France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: Francis and Elizabeth ROBSON. Native of North Frodingham, Yorkshire, England Pozieres British Cemetery (Special Memorial No. 12), Ovillers-La-Boisselle, France|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 4 April 1916.
Taken on strength, 12th Bn, in the field, 17 May 1916.
Reported missing, 23-26 July 1916.
Subsequently declared 'Killed in Action, 23-26 July 1916'.
Note on Form B103: 'Buried Sunken Road Cemetery, just S.E. of Pozieres, and 3.75 miles E.N.E. of Albert.' Grave subsequently lost; death initially recorded on Pozieres British Cemetery (Special Memorial No. 12), Ovillers-La-Boisselle, France
Grave of an unknown soldier was found near Pozieres in 1935-36: identity discs established that this was the grave of 4068 ROBSON.
Statement, Red Cross File No 2340213F, 1768 Pte H.W. LOVE, D Company, 12th Bn (patient 2nd Southern General Hospital, Bristol, England), 12 October 1916: 'A man called [2638 T.A.] Lister and myself were carrying Robson, who was shot in the leg, on a stretcher, when by mistake we went towards the German lines instead of to our trenches. We had to leave Robson and take refuge in a shell hole. The ground was lost and I do not know what became of him afterwards.'
Second statement, 2609 Pte L. HASSEN, D Company,12th Bn, 25 August 1916: 'Lister, Love and I volunteered for stretcher work at Pozieres on July 25th. We found Robson badly wounded and started to bring him in. Love and I carried the stretcher and Lister was third man. As we went on we got lost, M.G. bullets and shells were flying in all directions. We found ourselves about 15 yds. from the German trenches. Lister got wounded in the leg and made straight for the German trenches. He limped along with his hand on his leg. We saw him get right up toward the parapet. No doubt he was taken prisoner. The fire got worse and we had to place Robson in a shell hole and abandon the stretcher. We had to leave him there. His wounds were very bad, he was mutilated all up on one side. He could not live. Love and I lay in a shell hole near by for several hours. At 11.15 a.m. we made a bolt for it. We had got about 10 yds. when Love went down under M.G. fire. He fell, apparently dead. I crawled into another shell hole and stayed there until midday, when I made another run for it and got in safely. I have not heard anything further about any of the men, but feel sure Love and Robson are both dead, and that Lister is either killed or a prisoner.'Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, ROBSON Ernest Harold
Red Cross File No 2340213F