An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

Gilbert Bale ROBINSON

No. 3900 Private, 5th (Service) Battalion,
Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)
[later called The Green Howards].

Born 15 May 1897,
Died 6 July 1916, aged 19 years.

Buried in La Laiterie Military Cemetery, near Ypres,
West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Grave VII.D.19.

He is one of 751 Commonwealth servicemen buried or commemorated in this cemetery.

Gilbert Bale Robinson was admitted to Coatham Grammar School in January 1907, aged nine. His widowed mother was recorded as his guardian and she was an hotelier, keeping The Grand Hotel in Middlesbrough. Gilbert had previously attended Haslehurst High School, Eaglescliffe, a private preparatory school. He was a day boy at Coatham, presumably travelling each day by train. He stayed for six terms, leaving in December 1908 when he was 11. He went on to a private school in Bruges, Belgium, although the school Register notes he later became a private in the Yorkshire Regiment. His mother had remarried and was living in Knaresborough at the time of his death.