Service Number –   6085.

Rank –   Private.

Unit / Division –   16th  Battalion.

Enlistment Date –   6  January  1916.

Address on Enlistment –   Argyle,  W. A.

Occupation on Enlistment –   Farmer.

Next of Kin on Enlistment –   Father –  John  Robinson,  Mother-  Ellen  Robinson,  both  of  Riverview,  Argyle,  W. A.


Religion –   Church  of  England.

Embarkation Details –   From  Fremantle  on  7  August  1916  on  HMAT  A28  “ Miltiades  “.

KIA / Mortally Wounded –

Date –   8  August  1918.

Place –   Villers – Brettoneux,  Somme,  France.

Age at Death –   28.

Burial Location / Commemoration Details –   Australian  National  Memorial,  Villers – Brettoneux,  Somme,  France.-  (  No  Known  Grave  ).

Panel Number, Roll of Honour (Australian War Memorial) –   81.

Private John Robinson was awarded the MILITARY MEDAL ON 25 October 1917-“This man is brought under notice for gallantry and invaluable work near BROODSEINDE during the night of 21/22 October 1917.

On the night in question, during a relief of the front line, a number of casualties occurred in a platoon of the relieving troops, among them the platoon commander and his sergeant. The platoon looked like becoming disorganized, but Robinson with fine initiative, got the men in hand, led them around the shelled area ,and got them safely into position in the line.

He next went to assist with the getting in of the wounded, and was unsparing of self until the last man was at the R. A. P.

His example was an inspiration to all about him.
He is recommended for distinction.

E. G. Sinclair MacLagan
Major General
Commanding 4th Australian Division.

Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: 27 June 1918
Location in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: Page 1394, Position 7
Date of London Gazette: 4 February 1918
Location in London Gazette: Page 1619, Position 102.

Private John Robinson was subsequently KILLED IN ACTION at Villers-Brettoneux France on 8 August 1918, and has NO KNOWN GRAVE.

Private Robinson has his Name inscribed in Honour on the Australian National Memorial Villers-Brettoneux, Somme, France.