Search the known records to date of those lost from the wider Alnwick area in World War 1 - generally showing where they are commemorated, when they died and some basic facts about each person. There are gaps, however, so if you can fill in any missing details do please contact us using the form below.

John Robson

Photo:
(none)

Service No:
23973

Rank:
Private

Regiment:
Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 150th Company

Died:
(unknown)

Aged:
22

Commemorated / Buried:
St Sever Cemetery, Rouen

Service History:
Enlisted at Hexham, Northumberland. Formerly 2733, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds received.

Background:
Born 1894 at Whittingham, Northumberland, the son of Adam & Isabella (née Armstrong) Robson. In 1901 John was aged 7 & living at High Powburn where is father Adam, aged 35, was a Stone Mason. His mother Isabella was 31 & other children were Adam (15), Annie (13), Nellie (Ellen) (11), Janie (9), Archibald (5) & Alice (1). John’s father died in 1907 age 43 & in 1911 the family were living at Powburn. Isabella was 41, working as a Charwoman. John, aged 16, was a slater apprentice & his brother Archibald (14) was a labourer to slater. Also in the family were Alice (12), Frances (10), James (6), & Hannah (3). This census showed that Isabella had had 11 children, all of whom were still alive. John’s brother Archibald was a Gunner in the RFA from 20 March 1915. At that time their mother Isabella was living in New Row Alnwick. John’s sister, Mrs Eleanor Blair, was listed as legatee in UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929 (available via Ancestry.co.uk). Resided Humshaugh-on-Tyne.

Local memorial:
A John Robson is on the Plaque of those who served in the Northumberland Hall, Alnwick. There is also a John Robson is on the Roll of Honour, St Michaels Church, Alnwick.