ROBINSON, Harry Stuart Norton
(Service number 26/1194)
|Aliases||Known as Harry|
|First Rank||Captain||Last Rank|
|Date||15 February 1879||Place of Birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Address at Enlistment||Nelson|
|Occupation||Soldier NZ Staff Corps (NZ Govt)|
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|Marital Status||Married. Four children|
|Next of Kin||Mrs H. S. N. (Alice) ROBINSON (wife), Nelson|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||4th Battalion, A Company|
|Date||5 February 1916|
|Transport||Ulimaroa or Mokoia or Navua|
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|Place of Death||Western Australia|
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Harry Stuart Norton Robinson, known as Harry, was born on 15 February 1879 at Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of John Henry and Elizabeth Annie (née Wright) Robinson. Harry was at home with his family in 1881 and 1891 at Edinburgh. Harry, his parents, and younger brother and younger sister migrated to New Zealand in 1894. In 1905 Harry was in Wellington, a jeweller like his father. He married Alice Mary McAdam Bethune in 1904. Their two oldest children – sons Ian and Douglas – transferred to Waimataitai Schol in 1913 and remained there for two years. By 1911 his occupation was captain, Defence Staff. He had served in the South African War. In the early years of World War I, Captain N. S. N. Robinson, New Zealand Staff Corps, was stationed in Timaru, where he was responsible for the embarkation of many recruits.
Captain H. S. Robinson, of Timaru, has received notice of his promotion to Nelson to command the sub-district. He will bo very much missed by his many friends, his courteous manner and readiness to assist anyone officially or otherwise hare been much appreciated by all with whom he came in contact, says the Timaru "Herald.*' [Star, 8 Feb 1915.] He, himself, went to Trentham and joined the Expeditionary Force. The “Timaru Herald” of 16 May 1916 reported – “Captain H. S. Robinson, formerly of Timaru, but now serving with the Forces in Egypt, has been promoted to the rank of Major.” In January 1919 the Timaru Herald noted that Capatin (Temporary-Major) H. S. N. Robin, N.Z.S.C., formerly of Timaru, who recently returned from the front, takes command of the Nelson Area Group from January 18th.”
Douglas Lister Robinson, the younger son of Harry and Alice, died in 1941 on service in Crete.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [25 May 2020]; Timaru Herald, 16 May 1916, 7 January 1919 (Papers Past) [25 May 2020]; Australian death index (ancestry.com.au) [28 May 2020]
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