Two days after William BIGGINS was killed at Gravelines, another Filey man, Joseph ROBINSON, died in the retreat to Dunkirk. He was 20 years old, a Lance Corporal in the 5th Bn. The Green Howards.

It seems likely that Joseph was killed on the afternoon of 26 May, during the first hours of the Battle of the Ypres-Comines Canal. Most of those killed were buried where they fell but their bodies were exhumed in 1941 and laid finally to rest in Bus House Cemetery.

The Green Howards Museum website gives an account of the progress of four battalions to the coast between May 16 to June 2. The 4th and 5th were among the last units to be taken off the beaches.

Though Joseph was born in Filey, his parents were both incomers and the family representation on Filey Genealogy & Connections is minimal. (No pedigree on FamilySearch Tree yet.)

There is a family grave in the churchyard. I will update this post with a photograph of the headstone in a day or two.

G161 Granite

In loving memory of a dear husband and father, JOSEPH WALTER ROBINSON, who died 24th June 1951, aged 72.

And his beloved wife, MARGARET FRANCES, who died 21st April 1955 aged 70.

Also of JOSEPH, son of the above, killed in action in Flanders 26th May 1940, aged 20.

‘In God’s keeping’

Today’s Image: A snap of the ultramarathon runners setting off for Helmsley.


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