Born: 1897, Belfast, Antrim.
Died: 12th March 1915; age 18; KiA – in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, France – 10th – 12th March 1915.
Enlistment Location; Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 1810
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
Believed to be buried in this cemetery:
Special Memorial 4.
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Harry & Amelia Robinson, of 120, Murray Road, Ipswich.
1901 45, Beaconsfield Road, Liverpool, Lancashire.
Ernest was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Harry Robinson, 42, H. M. Customs Examining Officer – Civil Servant, born Newhaven, East Sussex.
Amelia Ann Robinson (nee Ankers), 34, born Liverpool, Lancashire.
Herbert Sidney Robinson, 9, born Liverpool.
Alice Louisa Robinson, 7, born Liverpool.
Edith Maude Robinson, 1, born Liverpool.
1911 210, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.
Ernest was 14 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Harry, 52, a Customs & Excise Examining Officer – Civil Service.
Herbert, 19, a Mercantile Clerk – Leather Manufacturer.
Eveline May Robinson, 6, born Seaforth, Lancashire.
Walter Francis Robinson, 1, born Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Harry Robinson – father.
Ernest is also remembered on the war memorial at Northgate High School. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys, and on his sister Mildred Florence Robinson (1902, Lancashire – 1908, Ipswich) and parent’s headstone at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section Q.
The Battle of Neuve Chapelle 10th – 13th March 1915 was the first planned British offensive of the war. The objective was to take the German line at the Village of Neueve Chapelle and break out and head towards the City of Lille, with the main objective taking the Aubers Ridge beyond which was of strategic value. The Battle started well with a heavy bombardment of the German line (more shells fired on this occasion than the entire Boer War) with an advance which successfully took most of the first and second line trenches, but due to poor communications stalled once the village had been taken. The Germans then had time to set up more defensive lines outside of the village and hold the British advance. 40,000 British and Indian troops took part in the Battle with over 10,000+ Casualties.
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion
The 4th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment entered the battle on the 11th of March taking up positions on the out skirts of the Neuve Chapelle facing the Bois Du Biez which later were ordered to occupy. The 4th Battalion lost many men through shelling on their positions followed by a counter attack on the 12th by the Germans. In total the Battalion sustained 217 casualties.
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion: